Q. How much do you truly miss tournament golf?
JACK NICKLAUS: Oh, hey, you don't know how I basically sort of -- what's the right word? Went back and forth on whether to play here or not. And I want to play. And I dearly love to play. But I certainly don't want to make a fool of myself either. And I also, I said it and I mean it, and I mean that honestly. That I don't want to take a spot up from a young kid who has a chance. I don't care if it is my tournament or any other tournament. And unless I think that I can play halfway decent. And I know that I'm not -- I mean I'm here saying I'm delighted with 71. Half the guys would be chewing their clubs up with 71. If you're going to play any good golf you got play. And you got to play some tournaments. You got to be -- you got to go out and you got to say, okay, you may shoot 85, but you got to go back and get your skills back, you got to keep playing. Is that a good answer?
JACK NICKLAUS: When I went out to The Tradition
I was like a kid in a candy store. I mean I felt like I could play again. Play a little bit. I didn't know how well I would play. I didn't think I would play real well and I didn't. Good gracious it's been six months since I played a golf tournament. Or eight months. It's been a long time. I wanted to play. I wanted to play here. But you know, also, I feel like I wasn't sure.
JACK NICKLAUS: No, I just hurt a little bit in the low back. In my butt. I wouldn't have played if I thought I couldn't play. I haven't been able to go, I haven't been able to make a move back here or here (Indicating) each place it just grabs me like a knife in places. I didn't have any of that today. If I would have had that I probably wouldn't have played. I'm all sore around it, but that doesn't bother me. That's not a big problem.
Q. You said you might scare a few people, even yourself.
JACK NICKLAUS: I scared myself, I haven't scared anybody else yet.
JACK NICKLAUS: I'm just sore. I played 18 holes without getting sore. Which is what I, which is what I said, I think I said to you guys yesterday, I said to some of the guys. I said my biggest problem is sometimes I warm up and I feel pretty good and by the time I get to the 6th or 7th hole all of a sudden it hurts me and I can't play. And that's what I didn't want to have happen. That's why I didn't want to take a spot from somebody. Because I was afraid of that happening. I'm fine. Had enough guys? Okay.
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