AUGUSTA, Ga., April 5 -- Jack Nicklaus confirmed he will make his 45th Masters appearance this week, despite saying a month ago there was less than a 20 percent chance he'd play following the accidental drowning death of his 17-month-old grandson, Jake.
"I had cancelled everything after Jake passed away to spend time with Steve [his son], which I did," Nicklaus said Tuesday. "And Steve wanted to play golf because he wasn't doing anything either, so we started playing golf. We just played some golf at home and we decided to come up here and play. He loves it up here and he said, 'Can we go to Augusta?' So I said 'Sure, let's go to Augusta.' "
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Notebook: Jack Nicklaus changes his mind and will play in his 45th Masters.
Nicklaus, a six-time Masters champion and the oldest to win the tournament at age 46 in 1986, was not about to say whether this will mark his last appearance in the event. He also said the state of his own game at age 65 was decent enough to think he has a chance to make the cut, but "do I think that I can go beyond that? We'll just have to see."
Bill Targets Expenses
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) will reintroduce a bill in the House on Wednesday that would prohibit businesses from taking tax deductions for expenses relating to entertainment at private clubs that discriminate on the basis of race, religion at gender. The measure also would deny deductions for expenses involving advertising of an event run by such a club or expenses in the advertising of any product of service being broadcast from a discriminating club.
"Augusta National and other clubs on par with it are already way out of bounds by discriminating," Maloney said in a statement. "For taxpayers to have to foot the bill for business conducted under these discriminatory conditions is obscene. This is something that comes into focus every Masters week, but people need to know how they are subsidizing discrimination every day of the year."
Augusta National has had an all-male membership since the club began in 1932.