Nicklaus to Play Legends of Golf


Jack Nicklaus has committed to play in the 25th Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, tournament officials announced Wednesday.
Nicklaus will compete in the stroke-play division of the Senior PGA Tour event April 1-7 on the World Golf Village's King & Bear golf course he co-designed with Arnold Palmer. Palmer and Nicklaus partnered last year when the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf was a team-only event.
Nicklaus will be making his fourth appearance in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. He teamed with Gary Player in 1996 (T12), Raymond Floyd in 2000 (T9) and Palmer in 2001 (T11).
The event, which is credited for launching the Senior Tour, was first played in 1978 in Austin, Texas. It will celebrate its 25th playing this year with a variety of public and private activities.
'Having Jack Nicklaus entered in the 25th anniversary of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf is fantastic news for us as tournament organizers and golf fans of the region,' Executive Director Tim Iley said. 'He is one of the greatest players the game has ever seen. His presence adds a special aura to any event he plays. We feel very fortunate to have him entered in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf at World Golf Village for the third straight year.'
'I'm looking forward to being a part of the 25th Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf,' Nicklaus said. 'This event has so much tradition and history attached to it. In many ways, it is an annual celebration of the Senior PGA Tour and its beginnings. It is always nice to be a part of this event, and this being the 25th playing of the tournament makes it that much more significant. I'm also looking forward to returning to King & Bear. Last year was special for Arnold and me, when we teamed to play on the first and only course we've designed together. We hope the rest of the field enjoys playing the golf course as much as we did designing it.'
Prize money for the event will be $2 million for stroke-play contestants and $500,000 for the team competition. There will be two team divisions, the Raphael for players age 50-69 and the Demaret for players age 70 and over.
Players eligible for both the individual competition and team competition must determine which event they wish to play; they will not have the option to play in both.
Jim Colbert and Andy North are defending champions for the second year in a row.
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