Nicklaus Tries Champions Tour Again

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Jack Nicklaus will try it again this week when the Champions Tour tees off at the Toshiba Senior Classic near Los Angeles. Hes been doing everything reasonably OK. The one thing he has not been doing is the essence of what golf is all about.
 
Scoring, Nicklaus said in an answer that was short and to the point. I mean it - that may sound like a short, quick answer. It's not - that's exactly what's giving me trouble.
 
I feel I hit the ball reasonably well. And I play reasonable shots. I don't feel like my putting is that terrible. I don't put it all together. I just don't score.
 
And there is a knack for scoring, and scoring comes from being able to preserve what you've got and play your smart shots when you need to play them and not do stupid things and take advantage of things when have you them. That's what I haven't been doing and that's just the lack of scoring.
 
Gil Morgan comes into this week as the Champions Tours most recent winner. His victory last week at the SBC Classic catapulted him into the No. 1 slot atop the Champions Tour money rankings with $495,121.
 
He is pursued by runner-up Craig Stadler, who is less than $1,000 ahead of Fuzzy Zoeller. They are followed by Larry Nelson in the race at No. 4 and Ed Fiori at No. 5.
 
Morgan now has 23 victories on the 50-and-over tour to tie Bob Charles for fourth place on the career list. He was winning the SBC for the third time after winning in 1996 and 97 at a different venue. His victory last week came at Valencia Country Club, while his first two wins came at Wilshire Country Club.
 
He might well have made it his fourth win at the SBC, but last year, Morgan blew a two-stroke lead on the final hole. He also had the lead late in the 2002 tournament.
 
I felt real edgy coming down the stretch, just because of all the things that have happened here,' Morgan said. 'I'm always kind of a little negative in the fact thinking somebody can do something there at the last minute.'
 
Last year, Morgan had a two-shot lead on the 18th hole, but playing partner Tom Purtzer won after he made an eagle and Morgan three-putted for bogey. In 2002, Morgan eagled the 18th and held the clubhouse lead until Tom Watson chipped in for eagle and Tom Kite made a birdie at 18, and both finished a shot ahead.
 
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