LegendMay 18, 2016

Why the Golden Bear is the GOAT: Jack Nicklaus beats his age at Augusta

Golf: The Masters: Jack Nicklaus before ceremonial first tee at start of Thursday play at Augusta National.
Augusta, GA 4/9/2015
CREDIT: Kohjiro Kinno (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
(Set Number: X159484 TK2 )
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Golf: The Masters: Jack Nicklaus before ceremonial first tee at start of Thursday play at Augusta National. Augusta, GA 4/9/2015 CREDIT: Kohjiro Kinno (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X159484 TK2 )

I remember watching this year's Par-3 Contest at the Masters and thinking, "Hmmm, Jack Nicklaus looks a bit off." Blame it on his ice cream, the fact that anyone would look rough next to Gary Player or that he's 76 years old. But there was no doubt in my mind: The Golden Bear seemed far from his physical peak.

Related: Golf Digest Podcast with Jack Nicklaus

What an idiot I am.

Nicklaus might be rising in age, but the man can still go low on a golf course, evidenced by his recent work at Augusta National. According to the Naples Daily News, Nicklaus shot an even-par 72 on May 9, beating his age by four strokes.

"I keep ruining my handicap," Nicklaus said. "I keep shooting good scores. That's going to take me down to a 1 or a 2. I was very upset. I'll lose a lot of money on that."

I may have questioned him once, yet I have no problem doubting him again: No way ANYONE is taking money off Jack.


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