Jack Nicklaus bests his age by six strokes after shooting a round of 71

Jack Nicklaus recently took part in the Els for Autism Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Old Palm Golf Club where several tour pros including Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas all showed up.

Nicklaus apparently upstaged them all with a score of 71. I probably don’t have to remind you that the man turned 77 in January. There was a downside to the performance, though.

“Just when I was getting my handicap up there, I had to go and not only shoot just my second round under 80 since November, but better my age by six shots with a 71,” wrote Nicklaus on Instagram. “But seriously, it was a great day for golf and for raising needed money for the incredible work that my friends Ernie and Liezl Els do to bring attention and support for the estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. with autism. 

“I’m delighted I could join the big-hearted amateurs and pros in the 9th annual Els for Autism Pro-Am. I just don’t recall getting a trophy this big for any second-place finishes in my career!”

Nicklaus is gearing up for another ceremonial tee shot at Augusta in April.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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