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Nicklaus hopes Woods 'gets life straightened out'

Golf legends Jack Nicklaus, left, and Tiger Woods, right, pose for photographs prior to the beginning of play at the Battle at Bighorn in a 2002 file photo in Palm Desert, California. File photo.

Jack Nicklaus is not optimistic that Tiger Woods will return to golf, certainly not at the level that once made him a threat to the Golden Bear's record 18 major championships.

The 77-year-old legend is just hoping that Woods will get his life in order.

"Whether he plays golf or not, I think he's got an awful lot to offer the youth of the country and the game itself," Nicklaus said in an interview with USA Today on Monday. "Tiger's a good kid, he cares about people, and we'll just see what happens.

"I hope he gets his life straightened out with the problems he's had and be able to lead a normal life, but also use what he has done and his legacy to help a lot of kids and a lot of other people."

The 41-year-old Woods, who has won 14 major titles, has been plagued by injuries and personal issues the past few years.

The most recent incident was a DUI arrest in Florida, which he said was caused by prescription medication after his most recent back surgery and a sleep disorder.

There is no indication from Woods when or if he will return to play on tour. The fourth procedure on his back in April was a major fusion surgery.


Brady named NFL's top player in Top 100 poll

NEW YORK — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the NFL's top player Monday, June 26 in the NFL Network's annual top 100 poll, a ranking from votes of 902 of his peers in the league.

Brady is ranked No. 1 for the second time, making him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011 (the first year in which he won the vote). He was No. 2 last season behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Brady was fourth in 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.

Turning 40 on Aug. 3, Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl LI after he led the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit late in the third quarter against the Falcons.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was second in this year's poll, followed by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack.

Brady was voted by hundreds of his peers as the NFL's top player entering the season in this year's edition of The Top 100 Players of 2017, unveiled Monday on NFL Network.

He has won five Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL MVPs, and voted to 12 Pro Bowl.