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By David Whitley and David Whitley,ORLANDO SENTINEL | July 11, 2005
Nobody could quite believe what they were seeing that day. Perhaps because almost nobody saw it. Jack Nicklaus swung at a golf ball, and it seemed to obey him. Not a bad trick for a 10-year-old. Jackie, as he was known back then, shot 51 on the first nine holes he ever played. Fifty-five years, 73 professional wins, 18 majors, one wife, five children, three body types, one hip replacement and millions of spectators later, Nicklaus' career is about to end in the perfect spot. St. Andrews, Scotland.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
In the old days, Tiger Woods might have won the AT&T National with ease. In the old days, Woods might not have needed his closest competitor to bogey the last three holes at Congressional Country Club. In the old days, Woods might not have stopped to acknowledge the two military officers waiting his arrival at the 18th tee before he made his final putt. In the old days, Woods might not have acknowledged the crowd - twice - and high-fived some volunteers en route to the scoring tent.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2000
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The historic pairing of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in today's opening round of the 82nd PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club will take place as scheduled, one day after Nicklaus learned that his mother had passed away in Columbus, Ohio. Helen Nicklaus, 90, died in her apartment at an assisted care facility. According to a family spokesman, she had been seriously ill for a couple of years. Nicklaus learned of his mother's death in a telephone call from his wife, Barbara, while playing a practice round.
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By Chuck Culpepper and Chuck Culpepper,Tribune Newspapers | July 17, 2009
TURNBERRY, Scotland - -In a stunning development at the British Open, a 59-year-old man on the verge of 60 has revealed that he actually read a text message and then successfully completed a reply. This improbable scenario has helped illustrate the awesome span of the career of one Tom Watson, who has shot a glowing 65 at Turnberry while dredging mysticism from floating dirt in the prehistoric era of 1977, and has shot a glowing 65 at Turnberry while gaining "serenity" from a sitting message on a sleek gadget in the digital era of 2009.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer | June 30, 1994
PINEHURST, N.C. -- When the 15th U.S. Senior Open begins this morning over the world-renowned No. 2 Course of Pinehurst Country Club, no one in the 156-player field will have local knowledge to compare with Jay Sigel.Sigel may be a rookie on the PGA Senior Tour, but he is a veteran of No. 2, having played it more than 100 times. Couple this with a record 66 appearances in U.S. Golf Association events and a slew of national and international titles, and it adds up to a position as one of the tournament favorites.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | June 22, 1992
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Before the 92nd U.S. Open began last week at Pebble Beach, someone asked Jack Nicklaus what score he thought would win."If the wind kicks up, even-par is going to win this tournament," Nicklaus said during a pre-tournament news conference.Nicklaus, the 1972 Open champion here, made that prediction again yesterday. He was sitting in the ABC booth as Colin Montgomerie was about to putt at 18 to stay even-par."If Montgomerie makes the putt, he's going to win the golf tournament," said Nicklaus, who was serving as a commentator after missing the cut.Later, when Nicklaus saw the 28-year-old Scot who now lives in England, he told him the same thing.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2002
The 2002 U.S. Senior Open at Caves Valley lost its biggest draw yesterday when Jack Nicklaus was forced to withdraw with a back injury. The news that Nicklaus had pulled out of the $2.5 million major championship, scheduled to begin Thursday at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, didn't come as a surprise to those familiar with the 62-year-old legend's ongoing physical problems. It marks the second time this year that Nicklaus couldn't play in a major because of his recurring back troubles.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | August 16, 1994
TULSA, Okla. -- David Leadbetter was an obscure golf teacher who had set up shop just outside Orlando, Fla. Nick Price was an obscure European tour pro who was looking for help with his game. They had known each other from their days as junior players in Rhodesia."He wanted to play on the American tour," Leadbetter recalled Sunday night. "There were a lot of pieces missing, but the one thing Nick could always do was strike the ball."That was the fall of 1981. The following summer, Price nearly lost his obscurity forever when he almost won the British Open at Troon.
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By Robes Patton and Robes Patton,Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | August 7, 1991
CARMEL, Ind. -- Uncertainty is the only certainty about the two wild-card selections for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.U.S. captain Dave Stockton said yesterday that his short list to fill the final spots on the 12-man team keeps getting longer.Jack Nicklaus' phenomenal 65 in the U.S. Senior Open playoff moved him back into contention as did Chip Beck's strong showing in the Buick Open last weekend.And proven veterans like Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Curtis Strange and Raymond Floyd warrant consideration, as do a handful of newcomers and those who may fall just shy of earning enough points to make the Top 10.Stockton said the increasing options have been the first "unfun" aspect of his captaincy.
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By RICK MAESE | April 10, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.-- --The murmurs erupted into a chorus of cheers when each man took his place at the first tee box. What year was this? 1968? 2008? If it weren't for the digital cameras held high along the short fairway, like flickering torches lighting the path to the green, you'd never know. And you wouldn't care. The first round of golf I'd ever witness at Augusta National wasn't a threesome as much as a Mount Rushmore ripoff: Jack Nicklaus, 68, who first played here in 1959 and has won six green jackets in 45 Masters appearances; Arnold Palmer, 78, who first played here in 1955 and has four wins in 50 tries, and Gary Player, 72, who has won three times and tees off for the 51st time today.
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By Teddy Greenstein and Teddy Greenstein,Tribune Newspapers | April 9, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. -On the eve of the 2007 Masters, Zach Johnson walked off the 18th green with one prevailing thought: "I haven't got a prayer." "It was playing so hard," Johnson recalled of that practice round. "It was so cold and windy. My preparation was good, but I just didn't feel like I had an opportunity to play well because it was so long." Trevor Immelman had a similar woe-is-my-game mind-set one year ago. He entered the tournament ranked 129th and less than four months removed from surgery to remove a benign, Titleist-size lesion on his diaphragm.
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By RICK MAESE | April 10, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.-- --The murmurs erupted into a chorus of cheers when each man took his place at the first tee box. What year was this? 1968? 2008? If it weren't for the digital cameras held high along the short fairway, like flickering torches lighting the path to the green, you'd never know. And you wouldn't care. The first round of golf I'd ever witness at Augusta National wasn't a threesome as much as a Mount Rushmore ripoff: Jack Nicklaus, 68, who first played here in 1959 and has won six green jackets in 45 Masters appearances; Arnold Palmer, 78, who first played here in 1955 and has four wins in 50 tries, and Gary Player, 72, who has won three times and tees off for the 51st time today.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun reporter | September 23, 2005
Finding the perfect partner for Tiger Woods is often a predicament for those making the pairings in international team competitions. Jack Nicklaus is only the latest U.S captain to be left second-guessing himself. Or, perhaps, being second-guessed. Paired with Fred Couples, who has compiled one of the best records in the short history of the Presidents Cup, Woods' struggles as a team player continued during yesterday's opening foursome matches at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. A resounding, 4-and-3 defeat for Woods and Couples by two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa and Adam Scott of Australia in the opening match led to an overall, 3 1/2 -2 1/2 deficit after the first day of the four-day event.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | August 16, 2005
DIRECTOR Quentin Tarantino is no Johnny Miller, but in the DVD version of the movie Pulp Fiction, there's a scene that wasn't shown in theaters involving Uma Thurman's character that I've always felt beautifully explains the universe, and in turn, the PGA Tour. "My theory is that when it comes to important subjects, there's only two ways a person can answer," Thurman tells John Travolta. "For example, there's two kinds of people in this world, Elvis people and Beatles people. Now Beatles people can like Elvis.
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By David Whitley and David Whitley,ORLANDO SENTINEL | July 11, 2005
Nobody could quite believe what they were seeing that day. Perhaps because almost nobody saw it. Jack Nicklaus swung at a golf ball, and it seemed to obey him. Not a bad trick for a 10-year-old. Jackie, as he was known back then, shot 51 on the first nine holes he ever played. Fifty-five years, 73 professional wins, 18 majors, one wife, five children, three body types, one hip replacement and millions of spectators later, Nicklaus' career is about to end in the perfect spot. St. Andrews, Scotland.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2005
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The first controversy of the 69th Masters festered yesterday during the rain delay - and ultimate postponement of the second round - between two of the tournament's headliners. After rumors surfaced earlier in the day that Vijay Singh had complained to tournament officials about Phil Mickelson chewing up the 12th green with his size-12 spikes during Thursday's opening round, a high-ranking member of the club admitted that a complaint had been lodged by an unspecified player.
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By Russell Baker | May 8, 1991
SUPPOSE Vice President Quayle never really wanted to be president. There are plenty of people who don't, including some politicians.What could be more natural for a civilized person than to recoil from the brutal destruction of privacy, the incessant haggling, the inescapable armed escorts, the constant companionship of sycophants and careerists, the abuse of gossips, the contempt of cartoonists, the cheerless prospect of a life lived in the clutches of...
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2002
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The more Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters tournament change every year, the more they stay the same. The more Tiger Woods alters his style and substance in growing from a teen-age phenomenon to a 20-something legend, the more things here stay the same for him. Certainly the winner of the season's first major golf championship hasn't fluctuated much over the past six years. With a four-round score of 12-under-par 276 and a three-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa, Woods won the Masters for the third time yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2005
AUGUSTA, Ga. - For many years, Jack Nicklaus came here for the Masters with one purpose: to win. Between 1959, when he missed the cut as a 19-year-old amateur, and 1986, when he became the oldest champion ever at age 46, Nicklaus won a record six times. This year, Nicklaus is playing here with one purpose: finding solace among family and friends after the death of his 18-month old grandson, Jake, who drowned in a hot tub after being left unattended by a nanny at the family's home in Florida.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2002
Outwardly, he is the picture of confidence. From the smooth swing that should seemingly come from a man 20 years younger to the easy smile that turns strangers into instant friends, Bruce Fleisher looks the part of the Senior PGA Tour's Big Man On Campus. Fleisher is certainly a big shot these days, given the 14 tournaments he has won and the more than $8 million in prize money he has earned in a little more than three years on the Senior PGA Tour. But it is often a facade for the defending U.S. Senior Open champion.
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