Jack Nicklaus had a chance to be more than a ceremonial host at the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village.
U.S. team captain Fred Couples asked the iconic 18-time major championship winner to be an assistant captain on the American side for the Presidents Cup on Oct. 4-6, 2013. But Nicklaus turned him down.
Nicklaus plans to be a cordial, uninvolved and unhurried host for the event at the course he designed.
''Freddie paid me a nice compliment by his suggestion,'' Nicklaus said Tuesday. ''It was very thoughtful of him. I would love to, but I simply can't. I have duties as host, so that would not be the right thing to do.''
Couples said he also asked Michael Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls star, to serve as one of his three assistants but rated the possibility of him accepting as remote.
Veteran tour player Jay Haas did accept an offer to be an assistant.
Nicklaus, a four-time U.S. captain in the Presidents Cup, didn't take Couples seriously when he first broached the idea....