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The Tour Report

April 22 2013

11:05 AM

Nicklaus, Player team up in Savannah

Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus are partners in this week's Champions Tour event in Savannah, Ga. (Squire/Getty Images)


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Jack Nicklaus made 594 starts on the PGA TOUR during his illustrious career, and another 84 starts in Champions Tour events. He seemingly has played in every golfing community in America ... except for Savannah, Ga.

This week, he gets to cross that city off the list, as he teams up with another legend, Gary Player, to participate in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.

Nicklaus and Player are paired in the Demaret Division two-man team competition that takes place Monday and Tuesday at the Club at Savannah Harbor.

"I have no history of playing in Savannah, and I have no expectations," Nicklaus said during Masters week, prior to joining Player and Arnold Palmer for the ceremonial opening tee shot.

Player is usually paired with Bob Charles, but last year Charles couldn't make it. So Player partnered with Simon Hobday. When Nicklaus heard about the switch, he told Player, "I wish you'd asked me. ... I would love to play with you."

Player replied, "Well, you'll play next year."

As he finished recalling the story, Nicklaus added with a laugh, "I should have kept my mouth shut."

That's because Nicklaus hadn't played golf in a month and said that he's "not taking a golf tournament serious. I don't play golf anymore. I play occasionally if I have to."

But he added, "Gary and I will have a good time. We'll have fun."

Player has a different outlook. He's focused on winning.

Player and Charles won the Demaret Division twice; last year, he and Hobday finished fifth, six strokes behind winners Gibby Gilbert and J.C. Snead.

"I'm very happy to play with Jack," Player said. "Obviously we've gone up together and have a lot of respect for each other, but I'm not doing it for fun. I want to win."

MORE LIBERTY MUTUAL: All teams this week | Complete coverage

MONDAY TEE TIMES - Demaret Division

Tee time Team Team
11 a.m. ET Gibby Gilbert/J.C. Snead Jim Albus/Jim Dent
11:10 a.m. ET Jack Nicklaus/Gary Player Mike Hill/Lee Trevino
11:20 a.m. ET Bruce Devlin/Larry Mowry Charles Coody/Dale Douglass
11:30 a.m. ET Butch Baird/Larry Laoretti Don Bies/Tom Shaw
11:40 a.m. ET Jim Colbert/Bob Murphy Al Geiberger/Jimmy Powell
11:50 a.m. ET Frank Beard/Larry Ziegler Don January/Gene Littler
Noon ET Miller Barber/Jim Ferree Homero Blancas/Bobby Nichols
12:10 p.m. ET Tommy Aaron/Lou Graham Tommy Jacobs/Johnny Pott
12:20 p.m. ET Dow Finsterwald/Bob Goalby Jack Fleck/Bob Toski
12:30 p.m. ET Doug Ford/Billy Maxwell Billy Casper/Ken Still
12:40 p.m. ET Lee Elder/Doug Sanders Fred Hawkins/Howie Johnson