© St. Petersburg Times, published March 13, 2003
Rivals for more than 40 years, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus decided Wednesday to play the Bay Hill Invitational in what probably will be the last time they tee it up together on the PGA Tour.
"I'm delighted about it," Nicklaus said. "This gives me an opportunity to hopefully play four rounds of golf. I'm sure Arnold and I will have a great time. We don't get the opportunity to see each other and spend time together as much as we used to."
The 63-year-old Nicklaus has not played the event since 1995, when he missed the cut. The tournament is March 20-23.
Martha Burk's request to protest at Augusta National's front gate was denied, but she plans to sue the city to get permission.
Burk rejected a compromise from Sheriff Ronald Strength that would have allowed her to use another nearby location to protest during the third round of the Masters on April 12 in Augusta, Ga.
Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, plans to stage a one-day protest against the private club's all-male membership.
She asked the sheriff last week for permission to post 24 protesters at the club's front gate and 200 more across the street. Strength offered a new location closer to the gate than sites previously proposed by the sheriff, but still not close enough for Burk.
"The men of Augusta National Golf Club come through the front gate," Burk said. "To influence those folks, that's where we need to be."
Strength said the stretch of Washington Road directly facing Augusta National is too clogged by traffic to ensure safe protests.
SINGH WITHDRAWS: Vijay Singh, ranked No. 4 in the world, withdrew from the Honda Classic as he recovers from a chest muscle injury that has kept him out of the past five tournaments.