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Golden Bear hits golden years in stride

Originally Published: January 18, 2010
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

"Golf was never all that important to me."

The words leave Jack Nicklaus' lips and hang in the air like a carefully crafted wedge shot. For a split-second, it's as if Gandhi has declared that he never cared about world peace or Picasso claimed he wasn't much of an art person.

On the eve of Nicklaus' 70th birthday, during what is termed by his publicist as a "State of the Bear" interview with the media, the game's greatest major champion -- 18 titles, if you ...

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