SSP Chawrasia has yet to get his game out of first gear in the new season, with a tied 35th finish in Perth being his best result.
Rory McIlroy said Tiger Woods was in a good place mentally and it will be determining whether Woods shows up at Augusta National.
Nicklaus and Woods long have been linked, from the time Woods posted a chart in his room showing a timeline of Nicklaus achieving various mileposts.
Rickie Fowler answered with two big birdie putts to regain control and finished off a four-shot victory in the Honda Classic.
Anirban Lahiri was six-under and Tied-eighth behind Rickie Fowler, who continued his imperious march with a round of 65 after 66-66.
The best gross winner for the day was Siddharth Sharma with a score of 74
Rory McIlroy accepted an offer from Donald Trump to join him for a round at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida last weekend.
Anirban Lahiri's best in this 2016-17 season has been tied-third at the CIMB Classic, which was held in October 2016, but is counted towards 2017 PGA Tour season.
S Chikkarangappa 23, 20-year-old Shubhankar, 24-year-old Khalin Joshi and 20-year-old Honey Baisoya lead the field at the India Open.
Martin Kaymer finished with back-to-back birdies for his 65, chipping in from the green-side rough at 17.
Arjun Atwal is preparing to launch a title challenge at Indian Open 2017, the tournament which propelled him to stardom nearly 20 years ago.
Vani Kapoor carded an even par round on the final day to total 213, while Amandeep Drall finished second with a total score of 217.