Jack Nicklaus, 77, Shoots 71 in Pro-Am

Honorary starter Jack Nicklaus of the US reacts to the gallery as Augusta National Chairman William Porter Payne (l) introduces him before he hits the first ceremonial opening of the First Round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta Georgia USA. Photo: Tannen Maury/Epa/REX/Shutterstock

While Jack Nicklaus’ professional playing days may be over, he showed on a new post on Instagram that he can still play with the best of them. On Monday, participated in a pro-am and shot a 71. This beat his age of 77 by six shots.

This was a big highlight of a pro-am that brought out many great golfers. It was also an important fundraiser for a vital school for those with autism operated by Ernie Els, another noteworthy golfer.

About His Performance

The Golden Bear competed at the Els for Autism Pro-Am at the Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was part of a foursome that featured three other amateur golfers.

The par-72 course is a 7,401 yards in length and was designed by Raymond Floyd. Nicklaus was a strong performer through the course as he moved through the course well and managed to get a 71.

According to a post on Instagram, Nicklaus says that it was the second round under 80 that he completed since November. He has been active in recreational golfing in his retirement and has come out for a few Pro-Am events in recent years. This all comes as Nicklaus has not competed professionally since retiring from the PGA in 2005.

While this was a strong performance, Nicklaus only finished in second place. Branden Grace and his foursome, which included radio personality Rush Limbaugh and former New York mayor and presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani, won the tournament.

Nicklaus remarked that it’s been a decade since he last won a trophy for something. Even more so, he said that he has never gotten a second-place trophy as big as the one he got for the major.

His competition was especially strong during the performance. The professionals included Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. The amateurs were representatives of many organizations including Pernod Ricard, Bacardi and SAP.

An Important Event

Nicklaus’ great performance came at the Els for Autism Pro-Am. This is one of the most popular pro-am events in the country and has been held for nine years running. The event is run by golfing legend Ernie Els.

The event raises funds for the Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Florida. The school is for children who have autism. It is also a facility for educating people about autism and for finding information on the mental disorder. Els, whose son has autism, founded the center and continues to raise funds for it through the annual pro-am.

This year’s event brought out many prominent golfers from the past and present as well as various amateur golfers and even some celebrities. The event raised a little more than $1 million for the Els Center.

No one was able to get a hole-in-one during the event this year. This would have entailed an additional $1 million donation to the center Rickie Fowler was able to get one during the 2016 edition of the pro-am.

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