Saturday, May 3, 2003

Nicklaus' family around for weekend

By Pete Iacobelli
The Associated Press

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Jack Nicklaus birdied three of the four holes he played Friday in the weather-delayed second round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs on the Nationwide Tour.

Nicklaus, competing with his four sons, finally teed off just before 7 p.m., and he displayed the skill that won him 18 majors and 73 PGA Tour events with the three birdies before play was stopped by darkness.

Nicklaus, 63, talked of shooting his age after the first round just to make the cut at his first Nationwide event. That goal doesn't sound so crazy when play starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

"Yeah, it's realistic," Nicklaus said. "It's a goal that I've got to shoot for because you've got to shoot the lowest score you can."

Nicklaus was 3-under, six shots behind leaders Tripp Isenhour and Rick Price, and tied for 34th, well within the top 60 and ties that will make the cut.

Isenhour shot a 70 at The Cliffs' Valley Course. Price had a 68 at The Cliffs' Keowee Vineyards Course.

Nicklaus rolled in a 12-foot putt for birdie on No. 4, then took the long walk to the tee box on No. 5. He stuck a tee in ground and began to line up his drive when the horn sounded to stop play.

"I had trouble seeing the ball when I teed it up," he said.

Nicklaus said he spent most of the day doing nothing as he waited for the weather to clear. He watched wife Barbara play Scrabble with their children.

"I didn't get out of my gym shorts and T-shirt until 5:30 (p.m.)," Nicklaus said. "I don't want to do that tomorrow, I want to play golf tomorrow."

The oldest Nicklaus continued as the best one at The Cliffs' courses so far.

Youngest son Michael, 29, was 1-over through two holes; Gary, 34, was 2-over through four; and oldest child Jackie, 41, was 3-over through two. Steve, 40, played as his father's amateur partner.

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