The dynamic trio of Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino were joined by former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate at the 3M Championship in Minnesota earlier in August.

The quartet was unrelenting throughout their round, posting 16 birdies and one eagle to shoot 18 under and capture another Greats of Golf title.

Shortly before he striped a 200-plus yard drive down the middle of the fairway on the first hole at TPC Twin Cities, Jack Nicklaus lamented his golf game at 77 years old as, “frustrating.”DSC06392

The golfer with more majors than anyone said it’s now trying to play because he’s unable to hit the shots that helped him win 18 majors and 73 PGA tournaments, amassing a resume that makes him the best golfer ever.

“But we had our time and we had our day,” Nicklaus said.

While he said he doesn’t play much, Nicklaus picked up the clubs again on Saturday for a just-for-fun round with Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Chi-Chi Rodriguez and Jerry Pate, the last grouping to hit the course at the 3M Championship in Blaine.

“If this were an event where the three of us had to come up here and keep our score, I don’t think any of us would be here,” Nicklaus said.

Trevino quipped back, “I wouldn’t be within 1,000 miles of here if we had to keep score.”

But the players, namely Nicklaus, Player and Trevino, returned to the tournament in Blaine in part to continue a friendship that was built by competing against each other for three decades.

They only see each other three times a year, they said, and still relish rounds together.

Nicklaus and Trevino, 77, said they would likely score around 90 even though Trevino still plays frequently, which prompted friendly ribbing.

“I don’t know how you shoot 90 if you play every day,” Nicklaus joked.

Player, who at 81 is the oldest of the trio, still plays frequently in addition to regular workout and stretching sessions.

He said he shot 66 in a recent round.DSC06238

“Was it a par-3 course?” Trevino quipped.

At the first hole, the group studied the late Arnold Palmer’s golf bag and clubs, which were placed at the tee box in memory of Palmer, who died last September.

Before that, Player had looked up to the sky and delivered a message aloud for Palmer.

The trio said they still think about Palmer on a daily basis.

Never one to miss a joke, Trevino said he makes cracks to the others about living the longest because he’s the youngest.

“I was telling Gary when you wake up in the morning now, take your elbows like this,” he said moving his arms side to side. “And if you don’t touch wood, you’re still here.”


Article courtesy of TwinCities.com

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