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Zetterberg topped by Nicklaus' 50-foot putt at charity golf shootout

Former Red Wings captain still earned $7,000 for Habitat for Humanity

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Henrik Zetterberg nearly defeated a legend in golf, but then Jack Nicklaus showed why many believe he's greatest of all time.

The 18-time golf major-champion winner sank a 50-foot putt to defeat the former Detroit Red Wings captain and his teammate Dierks Bentley at a charity nine-hole celebrity shootout in Grand Blanc, Michigan on Saturday. 

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Zetterberg and Bentley, the multi-platinum country-music star, teamed up against Nicklaus and Detroit rock legend Kid Rock for the inaugural event, a scramble-style event after the final pairing passed the 10th hole at the PGA Champions Tour's Ally Challenge. The teams were even after nine holes, leading to a chip-off, and Nicklaus, the lone pro golfer in the foursome, holed out from off the green to win.

The 18-time golf major-champion winner sank the former Detroit Red Wings captain and his teammate Dierks Bentley with a 50-foot putt at a charity nine-hole celebrity shootout in Grand Blanc, Michigan on Saturday.

Nicklaus' team won $18,000 for the United Way of Genesee County, and Zetterberg's side earned $7,000, which he and Bentley donated to the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity. Zetterberg also accepted a $25,000 check for the Clark Park Coalition of Detroit. 

Simply playing nine holes with Nicklaus was a thrill for the 2008 Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

"It's obviously an opportunity that I could never turn down," Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "I was a little nervous, but it was very exciting.

"It's pretty special. I never thought it would happen, but here we are today, and I'm getting to spend time with him."

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