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The Big Three reunite to christen Masters Tournament with today’s Par 3 Contest and ceremonial tee shot Thursday
big threeAmong the Masters Tournament’s many alluring characteristics is its annual embrace of history and tradition. No names embody golf history more than Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Known globally as The Big Three, the trio of golf greats reunites this week as the marquee group of today’s Par 3 Contest, teeing off ESPN’s coverage of the popular event at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Big Three then will step on the first tee Thursday morning at 7:40 when they serve as Honorary Starters for the Masters Tournament.

The Big Three sat down Tuesday evening prior to the Champions Dinner, and reminisced for more than an hour with Emmy-winning CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz. They then took a walk up the 18th fairway, a historical moment captured and featured on www.masters.com.
Video: Jack reflects on his six Masters Tournament wins
Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record six Green Jackets and more synonymous with excellence at Augusta National, recalls his favorite Masters Tournament moments in this video courtesy of Sky Sports, the UK broadcast network of the Masters Tournament. For a schedule of the Masters and TV times, visit www.masters.com.
Ocean Course
Golfweek’s state-by-state rankings recognize 35 Nicklaus Design Courses
Golfweek recently released its annual ranking of America’s 100 Best Modern Courses, as well as the magazine’s listing of the best public-access in every state, and 35 Nicklaus Design courses were recognized. Golfweek’s staff, in conjunction with 725 course raters from all 50 states, based ratings on 10 criteria, which take into account such issues as course routing, playing strategy and memorability.

Seven Nicklaus Design courses were ranked in Golfweek’s list of the 100 Best Modern Courses (opened 1960 and later). Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY, which opened in 2006 and is home to the 2013 US Women’s Open, came in at No. 8. Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and home to the Memorial Tournament and the 2013 Presidents Cup, came in at No. 12.
Nicklaus Design opens
second course in India
Kalhaar Blues & Greens, only the second Nicklaus Design golf course to open in India and the first in almost 14 years, opened February 26 in Ahmedabad.

Developed by the Navratna Group, the 18-hole championship golf course complies with United States Golf Association (USGA) specifications and has been meticulously constructed to become one of the most exclusive and prestigious golf courses in the country. The course is spread over 175 acres and has a length of 7,317 yards, making it one of the longest golf courses in India.

The distinctive course offers unique challenges and aesthetics, such as sand and beach bunkers, and 14 bodies of water that cover over 35 acres.

Jack Nicklaus, Dustin Johnson and Paula Creamer
encourage golfers to “Tee It Forward” in 2012
Jack Nicklaus has joined with PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson and 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Champion Paula Creamer once again to serve as a spokespersons for Tee It Forward, a joint PGA of America and USGA initiative encouraging golfers to have more fun by playing from tees that better align to their ability. Through this program, facilities are encouraged to provide golfers with more options off the tee, or recommend that golfers use existing forward tees to have a more enjoyable experience on the course.

“We want golfers to know that they can Tee It Forward anytime and anywhere,” Nicklaus said. “Average golfers who are inspired and motivated to play like their favorite Tour players should not look at where those plays tee from, but instead, the results of those tee shots. If golfers who often play too far back would move to a more forward tee, they are going to be left with shorter irons into greens, which enhances their ability to score better, and, in the end, makes the game more fun… and that’s what it’s all about.”