Jack Nicklaus teamed with Gary Player in the first round of the Demaret Division of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga., on Monday. Lee Trevino played alongside the team and thinks it might be the last time he gets to play with Nicklaus competitively, according to GolfWeek.com.
“We don’t know if we will ever get a chance to play with Jack again like this. We’ll probably see each other someplace, but as far as a competitive round it probably will never happen again.”
Nicklaus hadn't played in the tournament, a two-man team event for players 70 years and older, since 2001. Player and Nicklaus finished with a three-under round of 69
Even if the golf wasn't at the same level as when each player was in his prime, the verbal jabs thrown around throughout the round showed no signs of aging.
When Nicklaus whistled his opening drive into the left rough, Trevino began with the needle.
“You’re lucky you made it with that swing,” Trevino cackled.
Nicklaus shook his head and lamented, “I used to have another half to it.”
Later Nicklaus joked of another of his tee shots, “How about that, 226 yards down the middle.”
To which Andy Bean, who came out to watch the stars, deadpanned, “Jack, I don’t think it even rolled that far.”
The laughs continued at the third hole when Nicklaus drove over to Trevino and asked about golf cart etiquette.
“Just don’t drive on the green,” Trevino said.
Then he turned to Player and added, “Damn rookie. He doesn’t know.”
After the round, Nicklaus was asked if getting out on the course with his old friends awoke the competitive spirit in him to play in the future tournaments. The Golden Bear was blunt in his response.
“Quite the contrary. It did not inspire me to play anymore. I had no desire to go out there just to enjoy the day. It’s a tournament. That’s why I don’t play anymore, because I can’t do what I want to do.”