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Wednesday
Feb202008

"I still get a kick out of somebody wanting this old man to come and develop a golf course"

225996-1.jpgGreg Hansen reports on Jack Nicklaus's site visit to, gulp, The Ritz Carlton Golf Club's Tortolita Course, host of next year's WGC Match Play.

For the last act in his wonderful life, Nicklaus has become the Tiger Woods of golf course design. He retains such clout that when an entourage of six SUVs drove down a dirt road Tuesday afternoon, kicking up dust near the 17th green of the Ritz-Carlton's Tortolita Course, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was in the group awaiting Nicklaus' arrival.
Why does the image of that scene make me laugh? And Jack probably enjoyed it too.
"I still get a kick out of somebody wanting this old man to come and develop a golf course,'' Nicklaus said in his typical self-effacing style. "It's a legacy from my standpoint, something that will be here long after my life and my golf game.''

It's ironic that the man who played in just one Tucson Open (1963) in his superb career is involved in preserving Southern Arizona's place on the PGA Tour.

Ironic, absurd, take your pick. 

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Reader Comments (3)

The Tortolita Course? It's hard to believe Ritz-Carlton would sell the naming writes to a chip company.
02.20.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRM
Don't you just love it when Jack talks in the 3rd person!
isn't tiger woods the tiger woods of golf design?
02.20.2008 | Unregistered Commenterphil

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