Nicklaus was still playing golf last week at the Ford Senior Players Championship in Dearborn, Mich., but for the first time in his competitive career, he was using a cart. Because of pain in his left hip, which was replaced on Jan. 27, Nicklaus, 59, rode for half of the second round and the first nine holes of the third. After rolling in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 9th hole to go to three over par, however, he withdrew for only the third time in his career.
Nicklaus says he will try to be back on his feet for next week's U.S. Senior Open, in which the players must walk, per USGA rules. He won't play in the British Open at Carnoustie the next week.
Although he hitched a ride in Michigan and could barely climb the stairs to the locker room after his WD, Nicklaus insists his position on carts has not changed. "I hate them," he says.
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