AS JACK Nicklaus’ age goes up, his scores aren’t going with them.

At Augusta National last week, the Golden Bear shot an even-par 72 on May 9, beating his age by four strokes.

According to Florida newspaper the Naples Daily News, the 76-year-old had a couple of great rounds in the past week or so.

“A month ago, the six-time Masters champion hit a ceremonial tee shot to start the Masters. On May 9, Nicklaus played the whole course at Augusta National with a business partner. Nicklaus shot an even-par 72, beating his age for the second straight round — he shot a 73 at a different event on another course before that.

“Of course, I played the front tees,” he said with a chuckle. “I play up as far as you can play. It’s a different golf course.

“That’s pretty good for me, for an older guy, below my age twice.”

Nicklaus, who made a site visit to The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club where is consulting on the major renovation of the course on Monday, was more concerned about how those scores were going to affect his 5 handicap.

“I keep ruining my handicap,” he said. “I keep shooting good scores. … That’s going to take me down to a 1 or a 2. I was very upset. I’ll lose a lot of money on that.”