Sport: Master of the Fairway

Never a false step by either the golfer or the man

Golf generally works as an allegory for life, with all its trials of whimsy and honor, although too much can be made of golf's solitary responsibilities and life's essential loneliness. Done well, neither living nor golfing is negotiated completely alone, as a master at both demonstrated last week on a particularly sunny day in Augusta, Ga.

For a bear, Jack Nicklaus is surprisingly short, maybe 5 ft. 10 in. From a low of 170 lbs. last summer, too light to make the cut in either the U.S. or British Open, he has reaccumulated a paunch appropriate to a 46-year-old, while remaining...

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