Nicklaus and Palmer

In the run up to the Open, there has been a ton of articles about Nicklaus and his amazing major feats, but what I'm curious to know is what the relationship between Nickalus, Palmer and other greats (Player? Watson?) was like? Was it mutual respect, were they genuinely friends, what's the situation now? Presumably they were just too competitive to be mates.

Probably just mutual friends, although as they grow older, they all have been socialising a bit more together, especially as Arnie is now a widower. PLayer always regarded them as auld enemies in jest...but he now spends a great deal of time with Nicklaus playing in celebrity matches too...

I think this is the oldest thread on hereSo wonder if any other views - 9 yes NINE years later