Jack to play Memorial after this year? The heat continues on Monty

Jack Nicklaus has spoken of retirement for some time, but apparently he’s only kind of quitting competitive golf. According to stories coming out of the 30th playing of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Jack says he’s will remain open to the possibility of playing the Memorial in the future.
“I’m going to reserve the right to obviously [play] here,” he said of the Memorial, at a press conference yesterday. “I think as host here, I may play. I have no intention of playing anywhere else other than Father-Son events or skins games or something like that.”
I think there was a lot of hope that Jack would quit entirely after playing at St. Andrews this July. To be honest, the image of Jack as the greatest golfer ever gets a little more tarnished every time he posts a score closer to 80 than to 7o.
Jack made the cut at the Memorial in 2002 and again last year, so while me may not be competitive, he’s not embarrassing himself — yet.
Time to stop Jack. Make this your swan song.

  • In other news, the fallout regarding Colin Montgomerie’s appearance at the US Open continues. If you’ll recall, this all has to do with the placement of a ball in the Indonesian Open. Some, including European Tour pro Gary Evans, have said Monty cheated. In any event, the points he received for the Indonesian Open allowed him to crack the World Top 50 and gain entrance to the Open at Pinehurst. Is Monty really struggling that much that he’d need to cheat to gain entrance to a major? That’s the question. I think the drop may have been inadvertent, but who can really say? Monty must be bothered by it, as he gave all the prize money he won at the tournament to charity. Either way, the furor over the issue continues. Read about it here.
  • Canadian Mike Weir appears to be at the top of his game in the majors, according to a story by the Toronto Star’s Jim Byers. The story says Weir, who is not having a spectacular year, has “one major in the last 10 and Weir has more top-10 and top-five finishes than Tiger Woods, as well as one more major win than Ernie Els. He’s also finished in the top five more times than Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen.” Interesting stuff. I still don’t see Weir battling at St. Andrews, but his tidy driving and short game could make him a force at Pinehurst and Baltrusol.

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