The 63-year-old Nicklaus will be playing for the first time with his four sons in a PGA Tour sanctioned event, as the Nationwide Tour will be in Greenville, S.C., for the 2003 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. It also will Jack's first, and probably only, taste of a Nationwide Tour event.
Each round of the tournament will be carried live by The Golf Channel, starting Thursday at 1:30 P.M.
'Two of my loves are competitive golf and having the chance to play golf with my sons,' said Nicklaus. 'To be able to combine the two is truly special for me. Our family looks forward to getting to Greenville, and we appreciate all those involved with the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs for inviting us.'
Jack II, Steve, Gary and Michael Nicklaus will join their father for the only Nationwide event that features professionals paired with celebrity/amateur partners in a two-day, best-ball competition. The 10 lowest pro/celeb teams and the four lowest pro/am teams will advance to play for the BMW Charity Cup on Saturday.
The tournament will actually be held at two courses, Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, where amateurs and celebrities will be grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals.
The total purse for the professionals is $550,000, with the winner of the 72-hole tournament taking home $99,000.
Doug McGrath, the general chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, is obviously excited about the addition of the Nicklaus'.
'We are privileged to have Jack and his sons compete in this year's tournament,' said McGrath. 'Besides being the greatest golfer in the history of the game, he is a family man who has made a difference in the world through his various charitable activities.
Statistical Preview of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs