Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940) was a American professional golfer. He is known to be the best professional golfer of all time. At age 26, he dominated the sport completing his grand slam career on both regular and senior tours. Nicklaus won two U.S. Amateur titles as he was still attending Ohio State University. He turned pro in 1961.
Greatest Sporting Achievement
Jack Nicklaus has over 73 PGA Tour wins during his career and only two golfers have won more.
He was nicknamed as “The Golden Bear”, won 6 Masters Tournaments, 4 U.S. Open Titles and 3 British Opens. He has over 118 professional wins throughout his entire career.
In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush where he continues to be the ambassador of golf making him one of the most renowned and loved athletes.
Why Was He So Good?
While Nicklaus continued attending his classes at the Ohio State University, he carried on actively participating in sports, winning the U.S. Amateur title twice and winning the NCAA basketball championship. He did it all while exhibiting sophistication and sportsmanship.
What You May Not Know
- Jack Nicklaus started playing golf when he was 10 where he first shot 51 in his first 9-hole round of golf and by 12, he won the Ohio Junior State Championship. By 14, he won the Tri-State High School Championship.
- At the campus of The Ohio State University, a museum opened in 2002 to honor him with state-of-the-art 24,000 square-foot facility offering a complete outlook of Jack Nicklaus’ life, career and achievements.
- Before his retirement, he played sparingly on the Champions Tour where he won 10 times including 8 senior majors.
- No matter how popular Tiger Woods is today, Jack Nicklaus still is the most accomplished player in the entire history of major championship golf.
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