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Nicklaus: Woods in great spirits
PALM BEACH G ARDENS, FLA . Tiger looked great to the Golden Bear.
Thursday night at the Palm Beach home of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Tiger Woods joined a group of nearly 30 men either connected with the upcoming U.S. Ryder Cup team or potential players on the team.
Over shrimp cocktails, steak, lobster, Jack Nicklaus ice cream and Jack Nicklaus wine, Woods and Nicklaus talked for the first time in a while.
“He looked very good. He looked very healthy. And he really misses playing. So that’s good,” said Nicklaus, who met with the news media for 45 minutes during Sunday’s final round of the Honda Classic being played on the Champion Course at PGA National, which he redesigned.
“He was in great spirits. … He says he was feeling good. He was able to stand over a putt and chip now without having any leg pain and so forth.
“He doesn’t have a timetable for returning or anything else,” Nicklaus added.
Woods and Nicklaus each talked to the gathering at the dinner, Nicklaus more so about how to prepare for the big stages in golf, from the major championships to the Ryder Cup.
Nicklaus also talked about his time as a captain for the USA in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. When the USA meets Europe this year at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, Woods will be there — either as an assistant captain or a player.
Of course, major championships came up when Nicklaus and Woods were conversing. Nicklaus holds the record with 18 major championships and Woods is second at 14. Woods last won a major in the 2008 U.S. Open.
“I’ve told Tiger many times, and I told him again the other night, I said, ‘You know, Tiger, nobody wants their records to be broken. But I don’t want you to not have the ability to have that opportunity to do so by your health,’ ” Nicklaus said. “‘So I wish you well, and I hope you get healthy, hope you get to play, hope you get out there as soon as you feel like you can play, and I hope you do well.’ ”