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October 04, 2013

Nicklaus: 'Washington has its own mess right now'

Posted at 11:47 AM by Kevin Cunningham | Categories: 2013 Presidents Cup, Jack Nicklaus

(Jack Nicklaus (right) speaks with former president George W. Bush Thursday at the Presidents Cup.)

With the government shutdown entering its fourth day, the ripples originating from Washington D.C. have traveled all the way to Dublin, Ohio, where discontent over the endless obstruction on Capitol Hill has piqued the interest of arguably the greatest player in golf history.

While hosting this year's Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village, 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus found time to speak with CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," and the federal shutdown was on his mind.

"Washington has its own mess right now," said Nicklaus. "I don't think we're any better than we were [during the presidential election]. As a matter of fact, I think we're probably worse. I don't see a rosy picture from my standpoint. I think we can do a lot better in Washington."

This is not the only way that the game of golf has been affected by the recent intransigence in D.C. (many courses operated by the National Park Service have been shuttered and employees furloughed), but it's quite telling when a golf legend of Nicklaus' stature can be distracted, if only momentarily, while hosting such an important international event at his own course.

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