facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Nicklaus plays last round at the Masters

April 9, 2005 at 4:21 PM   |   Comments

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 9 (UPI) -- Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus announced Saturday he had played in the tournament for the final time.

Nicklaus, whose family suffered a tragedy earlier this year when one of his grandchildren died in a swimming pool accident, said he was simply no longer competitive enough to tackle the difficult Augusta National course.

"If you're going to play in this championship, you should be competitive," said Nicklaus. "I think I can play a little bit, but I can't play well enough to be playing."

Nicklaus shot a 76 in the second round, which was concluded Saturday, giving him a 9-over 153 total. That was four shots off the cut figure.

"It's great, it's fun to play in the Masters," he said. "But it's certainly no fun to play that way. It's no fun to go out there and hack it around and struggle to figure out some way to break 80. I don't believe I should be out there."

Nicklaus also said he would not serve as an honorary starter for the tournament. With the passing of Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead, there have been no ceremonial starters the last two years.

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended Stories
Most Popular
1
UPI Horse Racing Roundup
2
Florida State, Alabama top Amway preseason rankings
3
Cubbies clip the Rockies
4
Nine set to go in West Virginia Derby
5
UPI Sports Results for July 30, 2014
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback