Listen, I love Jack Nicklaus. Love the guy. I think the 1986 Masters was as good as golf can get. A 30 on the back nine at Augusta on a Sunday? Goose flesh, meet chill bumps.
But, in the waning years, Nicklaus has had a tendency to say rather ridiculous comments. He complained about the use of a golf cart with Casey Martin even though Martin basically was walking with a 4-iron shaft as his leg. He thought the Americans would win the Ryder Cup "easily" this summer even though they were overmatched (which I still call crazy talk since the reason the US team won was because Paul Azinger might have been the best Ryder Cup captain ever and made every correct move possible). He also isn't sure that Sergio Garcia, who is currently the second best player in the world, could win a major.
"[Norman's] talent is still there," Nicklaus said at the Merrill Lynch Shootout in Naples, Fla., Thursday. "He's always kept himself in great shape. I think he'll have a great time going back and have a lot of fun. He's always played well at Augusta, and there's no reason why at age 53 -- I mean, I almost won it on one leg at 58 (in 1998).
"So certainly a man who's in a lot better shape than I was and five years younger can certainly do pretty well," Nicklaus said.
Jack Nicklaus Thinks Greg Norman Could Contend in '09 Masters originally appeared on Golf FanHouse on Fri, 12 Dec 2008 21:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.