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Tiger and Jack share memorable round together
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Dublin, OhioJack Nicklaus cracked his opening drive and was only half-joking when he turned to his hometown gallery and almost apologetically asked if his ball had reached the fairway.
Wednesday was the first time Nicklaus had a chance to see Woods' swing since his return from knee reconstruction surgery. Pointedly, earlier in the day he said he thought Woods was protecting the lead knee and that caution may be to blame for the crookedness in Woods' swing. "Do I think he's probably at the level that he wants to be? Probably not," Nicklaus said. "If you look at his golf swing, I don't think he moves out of the way of the ball like he used to. I think that's probably protective, and it's probably a good move on his part." Woods later agreed, saying that the "worst thing you can do is stretch out the ligament right away." "The surgery would have been all for naught. That's one of the reasons why it takes athletes a lot longer to come back," he said, adding that he was feeling stronger and more stable with each passing week. After watching Woods today, Nicklaus said he thought his swing was "a lot more aggressive than I've seen it in previous tournaments." "I thought he's been babying his leg a little bit (but) I didn't see much babying today. I thought he went at it pretty good." Woods comes into the Memorial, a tournament he's won three times, with, as always, a tremendous amount of weight on his shoulders. He has five top 10 finishes and a victory so far this season but there's no question that he's let opportunities slip through his fingers at Augusta, then Charlotte and most recently at The Players, where he could only muster a 73 on a forgettable final day. The U.S. Open is just two weeks away.
|"You could see on certain holes, certain shots, him kind of revert back to the old Jack. It was neat to see."|
| Tiger Woods, on his round with Jack Nicklaus|
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