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Nicklaus praises Spieth as 'smart, calm, collected'

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jack Nicklaus says he would love to see Jordan Spieth play the Honda Classic, but he says he doesn’t pressure players to come to the event.

Nicklaus lives six miles from PGA National and his children’s foundation is a beneficiary of the event.

Nicklaus says he likes Spieth’s game.

“I think he’s a very savvy, smart, calm, collected kid who thinks his way around the golf course,” Nicklaus said. “He is not the most spectacular striker of the golf ball or anything, but he has a very solid golf swing. He has a very uncomplicated golf swing. He has a great short game, which is fantastic.

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“What Jordan does, which I really admire – because it’s a lot of what I tried to do – I always got something pretty good out of my game when I wasn’t playing well.”

Nicklaus said he also likes Spieth’s personality and Spieth’s relationship with his sister, a special needs teenager.

“I like him as a person,” Nicklaus said. “I think the way he has handled his sister has been a tremendous thing, not only for his sister, but for him, because he has grown up with things that have not been perfect, and he has handled them very well. I give him a tremendous amount of credit.”