Palmer shoots age to beat Nicklaus

Associated Press
Tuesday, April 3

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Arnold Palmer shot his age in a tournament for the second time in the last month, only this one was especially meaningful -- he beat Jack Nicklaus in the first match of this season's "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf" series.


Better yet, it came on The King & The Bear course Monday at the World Golf Village, the only course that Palmer and Nicklaus designed together.

With a 40-foot eagle on the fifth hole, Palmer had a 1-under 71. Nicklaus had a 75.

"We always want to beat each other, and that's what is great about our relationship," Palmer said. "I hate him out there and he hates me when we play. But when we walk off that course ... it's great to have a friend like Jack Nicklaus, and I hope he feels the same way about me."

The match will be televised April 3 on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

Nicklaus and Palmer will be teammates later this week on the same course for the Senior Tour's Legends of Golf.