Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nicklaus Laments Decline High Standards Can Be a Curse for One of Golf's All-Time Greats

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nicklaus Laments Decline High Standards Can Be a Curse for One of Golf's All-Time Greats

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ST. AUGUSTINE -- Jack Nicklaus, by his own account, is playing "horrible."

"I haven't been able to hit my hat," he said.

Horrible by Jack Nicklaus standards may be acceptable for others, especially for a 60-year-old on the Senior PGA Tour and especially this week in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, a two-man, best-ball team event at the World Golf Village The Slammer & The Squire course.

However, Nicklaus said he has always applied higher standards to himself and won't be happy unless he at least gets in the neighborhood of how he thinks a 60-year-old Nicklaus should play.

"I look at my game differently than some guys look at theirs, I suppose," said Nicklaus, who will play with Raymond Floyd when the Legends begins today. "I'm so hard on myself that I don't want to play unless I can play like Jack Nicklaus. I have a pretty high demand on myself and how I want to perform. It's no fun for me to shoot three 70s on an easy course, and get beat by 14 shots. I never got excited about that."

Here's the dilemma for Nicklaus: in times of severe slumps in the past, he would simply not play. With his myriad business interests and devotion to his children and grandchildren, Nicklaus had other things he could do.

"Some guys, like Arnold [Palmer] want to play golf every day," Nicklaus said. "But I'll wake up, do other things, and maybe fit golf in if I could."

But Nicklaus wants to play more golf this year than he has in the past, and long has looked forward to 2000 as perhaps the last heavy playing year of his life. He already has played five times this year, and has committed to play in all four major championships, and all four Senior majors.

Nicklaus has one more year of a three-year exemption to the U.S. Open, in Pebble Beach this year, and also will play at the British Open in St. …

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