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Nicklaus wishes Jason Day were here

By Marla Published: June 1, 2011

Australian Jason Day was recently granted playing privileges at Muirfield Village Golf Club because his wife, the former Ellie Harvey, grew up in Lucas, Ohio near Mansfield.

That was news to Muirfield designer and Memorial Tournament founder Jack Nicklaus and it made for some comical moments during his annual tournament press conference Tuesday.

"We did?'' Nicklaus said of Day being allowed to play Muirfield Village. "Did what?''

Nicklaus was informed by his son Jack Nicklaus II, the general chairman of the tournament, that Day had been granted playing privileges.

"He does and he's not here?'' the elder Nicklaus asked. "We'll take that away. I did not know that.''

Told by his son that Day married a girl from Ohio, Nicklaus said, ''Oh, he did?''

Asked to comment on the golf game of Day, the 2010 Byron Nelson winner who was in contention on Sunday at the Masters, Nicklaus said, "He's a good player and if he's got a gal from ... has he married a gal from Ohio?''

Told yes, Nicklaus said, "He should be here.''
", who was distressed to learn that Day withdrew from the Memorial so he could take a break before the U.S. Open June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club.

Harvey and Day met when she worked as a waitress at Mavis Winkle's Irish pub in Twinsburg

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