Biography of Golfer and Athlete Jack Nicklaus

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Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus has won more major titles and more money than any other golfer in the history of the sport. He is bracketed with Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan as golf's top 3 all-time great stars.

Born in Columbus, O., in 1940, he began playing golf when he was only 10 years old and won the Ohio Open at the age of 16 and the U.S. Amateur at 19. He finished 2nd in the U.S. Open when he was 20. He turned professional after winning his 2nd U.S. Amateur title in 1961.

In 1962, in his 1st full year on the pro tour, he defeated Arnold Palmer in a play-off to win the U.S. Open. He won 2 other tournaments that year and finished 3rd in the money standings. He won the Masters the following year, at the age of 23, and added the PGA Championship and Tournament of Champions the same year.

Nicklaus, who plays a limited schedule of 18 to 25 tournaments a year, concentrates his attention on major events. He has 14 major titles, breaking the record of 13 set by Bobby Jones in 1930. In addition, he has captured the Tournament of Champions title 5 times.

Winner of over 50 professional titles, Nicklaus trails only Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Byron Nelson in total victories. Nicklaus was the 1st player to top the $2 million mark in earnings. He has won the money title 6 times, was runner-up 3 times and 3rd twice. His 4th place finish in 1970 was his lowest position. He was PGA Player of the Year in 1967 and 1972.

Nicklaus is noted for his long, booming drives off the tee, but admits that several tour pros hit the ball farther than he does. His accuracy, putting ability, and smart thinking give him the edge. He has stubby hands with short fingers, causing him to use an interlocking rip instead of the conventional overlapping one.

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