Q. It sounds, from what you're saying, that you really just want to enjoy the game. Have you always enjoyed the game of golf, even when you were not playing well?
JACK NICKLAUS: I've said that I would play golf as long as -- tournament golf -- as long as I could compete and enjoy it, and I think the two sort of go together. If you can't be competitive, particularly if you've been used to go out there with the opportunity to walk out on the first tee to win, and I've never enjoyed finishing up on Sunday at noon. That's never been a thrill of mine, just to make a cut and come and do that.
If I can't compete, I don't really want to play. I don't want to clutter up the field and be out there. Now, I know that probably -- let's just say that I was healthy right now and was -- which is probably your next question -- if I were healthy and thought that I could compete to the level that Jack Nicklaus could at age 62, which I know is not compete enough to win the tournament, but compete, make the cut, finish up like I did four years ago, fifth or sixth or whatever it was, if I could do that, felt like I could do, I would go play, absolutely because that's competitive. I may not be quite competitive enough to win, but I could be competitive enough to scare a lot of people, including myself.
Q. Mickelson two weeks ago said that he never hit a shot that he didn't think he could pull off at least 40 percent of the time. Wondering whether you had a red light/green light threshold, or do you just do it by feel, and does 40 percent seem a little low?
JACK NICKLAUS: I think it depends on the situation. If you are in a position where -- I did that probably in '71. I played a shot into the 15th green that I felt like -- I think I made 8 on that hole that day and I felt like it was a shot and a gamble that I felt probably was not the right gamble, but I felt like if I wanted to win the golf tournament, I had to make that and less than a 50 percent chance of doing it and took a gamble and made an 8 and lost the tournament. Sometimes you make that decision, but I would say that would be a one-time decision in a tournament, not a repetitive decision. In other words, I certainly would not take that chance ten times if it was 40 percent. I might make it once if I thought that was really going to give me a chance to win that golf tournament. And this that was -- do you understand what I'm saying?
I think your odds of that are not very good on repetitive basis. But if I felt like I had an 80 to 90 percent chance of making that shot on a repetitive basis and the gamble was worth it, I would do that on a fairly regular basis.
BILL MORRIS: Thank you very much. We all look forward to having you back here very soon. Good luck.
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