Time marches on. You're never going to see Michael Jordan shooting another fadeaway jumper, tongue wagging. You're never going to see Wayne Gretzky bury another top-shelf one-timer. Joe Montana, Muhammad Ali, Cal Ripken Jr. -- done, done, done.
Which makes us golf fans so lucky; our legends may not be competing at Augusta any longer, but they're still around doing this:
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson defended their Champions Skins Game title with seven skins and $310,000, besting challengers Mark O'Meara and Bernhard Langer by just $10,000. The big winner? Hole no. 17, a par 3 worth five skins and $250,000, which Watson claimed with a 12-foot birdie putt.
Also in the mix: the pairings of Fred Couples and Nick Price, and Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller. Hey, it may not be the highest echelon of golf, but it beats seeing these guys awkwardly waving to adoring crowds in suits, regret plainly visible in their eyes.
Nicklaus, Watson win Champions Skins Game [AP/Yahoo! Sports]
- Michael Jordan
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