Jack Nicklaus

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Jack was nicknamed ‘The Golden Bear’ throughout his great golfing career. He is a retired professional golfer and golf course designer. He is widely considered to be either the greatest or one of the greatest golfers of all time, having won 117 professional tournaments. In the Majors, he won the GB Open in 1966, 1970 and 1976; the US Open in 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980; the US PGA in 1963, 1971, 1975 and 1980 and the US Masters in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986. It was a record 18 major championships – three more than ‘Tiger’ Woods. He had won the US Amateur title in 1959 and 1961 and still an amateur had finished second in the US Open. He turned professional in 1961 and his first tournament win was the US Open in 1962. At 26 he was the youngest player to win all the golf majors. He was the oldest-ever winner of the US Masters at the age of 46. In 2005 he made his final appearance at both the Masters and the GB Open. He overcame polio at 13 and played well in many sports, especially in American Football. He appeared 44 times in the US Open. Playing the final hole in his last GB Open, he was given a ten-minute standing ovation by the St Andrew’s crowd. He holed-in-one 20 times as a professional. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.