Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jack at Players Up in the Air

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jack at Players Up in the Air

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Jack Nicklaus said he won't play in the British Open until the

event returns to St. Andrew's in 2000, but his plans for the

1996 Players Championship are a little more open.

This is the final year that Nicklaus has an exemption into

The Players, because of his 1986 Masters championship. He

played last year for the first time since 1990, after

informing the PGA Tour office minutes before the entry deadline

expired, and Larry O'Brien of Golden Bear Sports Management

said the final decision may come down to the wire again.

"It [Nicklaus competing in The Players] can change rapidly,"

said O'Brien, Nicklaus' agent at Golden Bear. "It all depends on

how Jack feels. There's no decision as yet and we'll inform the

Tour when there is."

Nicklaus is playing this week in the Senior Tour GTE Suncoast

Classic in Lutz and the Doral-Ryder Open in Miami Feb. 29-March

3.

"If Jack plays well at Doral, he may very well want to

continue," O'Brien said.

Nicklaus missed the cut at last year's Players after shooting

11-over par.

FUNK PROMOTES LITERACY -- Fred Funk of Ponte Vedra Beach

returns near his old stomping grounds of the University of

Maryland Tuesday {to represent the PGA Tour at the "Links to

Literacy" rally at Union Station in Washington D.C.

Funk, Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Chi Chi Rodriguez,

representing the Senior Tour, will appear with a bipartisan

group of congressmen to help raise funds for a reading program

at inner city schools in Washington called "Everybody Wins."

TAP-INS -- The Doral-Ryder Open, which opens the Florida swing

in two weeks, will feature the best field of the young season.

Committed to play, in addition to the almost all of the top

American players, are foreign members of the PGA Tour such as

Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Nick Price, David Frost,

Fulton Allem, Steve Elkington and Sandy Lyle. Also scheduled to

play will be Bernhard Langer, Jesper Parnevik, Joe Ozaki and

Michael Campbell. …

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