Jack Nicklaus is one of the biggest golfing legends of the 20th century. Even if you haven’t been paying much attention to golf, you’ve probably still heard of him. He dominated the game and won 18 professional major championships in a career spanning 25 years. To learn more about his career, trivia and a few things about his personal life, read on.
Jack Nicklaus was born in Columbus Ohio on January 21, 1940. He earned the nickname, “The Golden Bear” when attending Upper Arlington High School. He overcame a mild case of polio as a child, taking up golf at the age of 10. At the age of 12, he won five straight Ohio State Junior events. Then, at the age of 19 he won the Ohio State Open, competing alongside professional golfers.
Jack Nicklaus went on to attend Ohio State University, winning the U.S. Amateur title twice and competing in a variety of other tournaments, many against professional golfers such as Arnold Palmer, and setting record scores for an amateur. In 1962, Jack began his professional career. That same year, he defeated the favorite Arnold Palmer for the 1962 U.S. Open title. He was also named Rookie of the Year.
In 1963 Jack Nicklaus won the Masters and the PGA Championship, placing second on the tour money list. He then went on to win the Masters a total of 6 times. In 1978, he accomplished a triple career slam, winning all four majors three times. To this date, he is the only golfer to have achieved this.
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