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Nicklaus museum struggling to attract visitors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A museum at Ohio State University dedicated to the life and career of golfer Jack Nicklaus is struggling to attract visitors a year after being opened.

Nicklaus (pictured, right) is host and founder of the Memorial Tournament, which is being played this weekend at Muirfield Village in the Columbus suburb of Dublin.

John Hines, president of both the museum and the Memorial, says about 15,000 people visited the museum this year. That's below projections of 18,000 to 20,000 guests.

The visitor count includes groups of as many as 450 people who rented the space for events, as well as admissions from 650 free tickets given to people attending the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau's annual meeting.

Hines says the museum's ultimate goal is to attract 200,000 people annually.

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