80 Facts About Jack Nicklaus

1. Jack Nicklaus holds the record for PGA major championships with a total 18; Tiger Woods is in second place with 14.

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2. Jack Nicklaus is the only golf industry figure who has ever been named to the No 1 spot for more than three years.

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3. Jack Nicklaus became the eighth honorary starter since the tradition began in 1963 when Nicklaus won his first green jacket.

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4. Jack Nicklaus joined Arnold Palmer as an honorary starter for the 2010 Masters.

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5. Jack Nicklaus was the fifth non-band member to receive this award.

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6. Jack Nicklaus was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1974 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1995.

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7. Jack Nicklaus hit an eight-iron slightly over the green for his second shot.

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8. In 2010, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Terlato Wines to produce a collection of three Napa Valley wines: Jack Nicklaus Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon and Private Reserve White (a white blend).

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9. Jack Nicklaus still keeps Nicklaus' letter framed in his home.

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10. Jack Nicklaus wrote Nicklaus asking for advice; Nicklaus immediately wrote back telling him not to change if he was comfortable playing left-handed.

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11. Jack Nicklaus owns Jack Nicklaus Golf Equipment, which he founded in 1992.

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12. Jack Nicklaus scored a six-under-par 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.

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13. Jack Nicklaus continues to manage the Memorial Tournament, which he founded in his home state of Ohio.

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14. Jack Nicklaus appeared as a television analyst and commentator with ABC Sports on golf broadcasts.

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15. Jack Nicklaus has written golf instructional columns for Golf Magazine and for Golf Digest magazine, with which he is currently associated.

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16. Jack Nicklaus is in partnership with his four sons and his son-in-law through their company, Nicklaus Design.

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17. Jack Nicklaus hit 20 holes-in-one in professional tournament play at other venues over his career.

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18. Jack Nicklaus missed the 36-hole cut with a score of +3.

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19. Jack Nicklaus made that his last appearance in the tournament.

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20. Jack Nicklaus said: "It's been an overwhelmingly difficult and trying time for my entire family.

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21. In both tournaments, Jack Nicklaus provided last-minute heroics by reaching the par-5 18th in two shots in the US Open and nearly holing his wedge shot for eagle at the par-5 18th in the PGA Championship.

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22. Jack Nicklaus closed the final 36 holes with back-to-back seven-under par rounds of 65 to shoot a 16-under par 272 and win by three shots over Hale Irwin.

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23. In 1994, Jack Nicklaus won the Senior PGA Tour's version of the Mercedes Championship for his only win of the year.

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24. Jack Nicklaus would go on to win another three Traditions—the final two in succession—while the most anyone else has won is two.

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25. Jack Nicklaus became eligible to join the Senior PGA Tour, now known as PGA Tour Champions, when he turned 50 in January 1990, at which point he declared, "I'm never satisfied.

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26. At the 1998 Masters, Jack Nicklaus was 58 when he tied for sixth place despite being hampered by an ever-increasing painful left hip.

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27. At age 46, Jack Nicklaus became the oldest Masters winner in history, a record that still stands.

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28. In 1985, Jack Nicklaus finished second to Curtis Strange in the Canadian Open, which marked his seventh and final second-place finish in that tournament; this is a record for that event.

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29. In 1983, Jack Nicklaus closed out the PGA Championship and World Series of Golf with brilliant final rounds in the mid-60s, and passed many players to move into contention, but finished runner-up in each to Player of the Year Hal Sutton and Nick Price, respectively, who dominated the tournaments from start to finish.

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30. Jack Nicklaus opened with a record-tying 63 in round one and fought off his playing partner of all four rounds, 1978 Colgate World Match Play Championship winner, Isao Aoki.

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31. Jack Nicklaus set a new scoring record for the 1980 US Open with an aggregate of 272, eclipsing his earlier record of 275 from 1967 over the same golf course.

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32. Jack Nicklaus would not win another tournament until June 1980.

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33. Jack Nicklaus had only one runner-up finish, plus a tied-for-second with Ben Crenshaw behind 22-year-old Seve Ballesteros at The Open Championship.

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34. Jack Nicklaus won his third Tournament Players Championship in difficult weather conditions; he had won three of the first five stagings of that tournament, and he remains the championship's only three-time winner.

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35. Jack Nicklaus won three other tournaments on the PGA Tour in 1978.

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36. Jack Nicklaus considered his performance in the 1978 Open as the finest four days of tee-to-green golf he had ever produced, and was most proud that the win came at St Andrews, his favorite place to play golf.

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37. Jack Nicklaus pitched his ideas, adding: "It is vital to widen the selection procedures if the Ryder Cup is to continue to enjoy its past prestige.

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38. Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Player of the Year award for a record fifth time.

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39. Jack Nicklaus placed first on the PGA Tour money list again in 1976, despite competing in only 16 events, winning just two—neither of them majors—and playing what he called "hang-back-and-hope golf".

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40. Jack Nicklaus started off well in 1975: he won the Doral-Eastern Open, the Sea Pines Heritage Classic, and the Masters in consecutive starts.

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41. Jack Nicklaus said this honor was a "nice memento" after a "disappointing season".

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42. Jack Nicklaus teamed with Johnny Miller for another team title in the World Cup of Golf, held in Spain.

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43. Jack Nicklaus closed out this remarkable year with a second of three consecutive Walt Disney World Golf Classic victories by shooting a 21-under par 267 to win by nine shots.

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44. Jack Nicklaus won the team competition with partner Lee Trevino by 12 shots.

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45. Jack Nicklaus claimed his third World Cup individual title in 1971, with help from a 63 in the third round.

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46. At the par-5 17th hole with Jack Nicklaus leading by the score of 1 up, Jacklin made a 35-foot eagle putt to square the match.

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47. Jack Nicklaus finished runner-up in both the 1968 US Open and the 1968 Open Championship (to old rival Gary Player).

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48. For most of his professional career, Jack Nicklaus employed Angelo Argea as his caddie.

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49. In 1967, Jack Nicklaus led the PGA Tour money list for the third time.

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50. In 1967, Jack Nicklaus won the US Open for a second time.

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51. Jack Nicklaus was part of another title for the US in the World Cup in Japan.

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52. In 1966, Jack Nicklaus won The Open Championship at Muirfield in Scotland under difficult weather conditions; he used his driver just 17 times because of very heavy rough.

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53. Jack Nicklaus led the PGA Tour money list again in 1965 by a healthy margin over Tony Lema.

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54. Jack Nicklaus won in an 18-hole playoff over Gay Brewer and Tommy Jacobs by shooting a two-under-par 70.

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55. Jack Nicklaus successfully defended his title with an even-par aggregate of 288, 17 shots higher.

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56. Jack Nicklaus broke Ben Hogan's 72-hole scoring record of 274 in 1953 when he compiled a new aggregate of 271 in the 1965 Masters Tournament.

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57. Jack Nicklaus set a record for the lowest final round score in the PGA Championship with a 64, but fell three shots short of champion Bobby Nichols and his record-setting 271 score.

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58. Jack Nicklaus teamed with Palmer to win the Canada Cup in France, representing the United States (this event was shortened to 63 holes due to heavy fog).

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59. In 1963, Jack Nicklaus won two of the four majors—the Masters and the PGA Championship.

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60. Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural staging of the World Series of Golf, a select-field event for the year's major champions, and collected another US$50,000 in unofficial money for that win.

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61. Jack Nicklaus tied for fourth in the 1961 US Open, three shots behind champion Gene Littler, having played the final 54 holes one under par.

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62. In 1960, Jack Nicklaus tied for 13th in the Masters Tournament.

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63. Jack Nicklaus had led by two shots with six holes to play.

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64. Jack Nicklaus won the NCAA Big Ten Conference Championship that year with a 72-hole aggregate of 283, while earlier claiming the Western Amateur in New Orleans.

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65. In 1961, Jack Nicklaus became the first player to win the individual title at the NCAA Championship and the US Amateur in the same year.

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66. Jack Nicklaus competed in his first of 44 consecutive US Opens that year, but missed the cut.

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67. In 1957, Jack Nicklaus won the International Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament, having lost the previous year in a playoff.

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68. Jack Nicklaus won the Ohio Open in 1956 at age 16, highlighted by a phenomenal third round of 64, competing against professionals.

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69. Jack Nicklaus won the Tri-State High School Championship at the age of 14 with a round of 68, and recorded his first hole-in-one in tournament play the same year.

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70. Jack Nicklaus had earned a handicap of +3 at age 13, the lowest in the Columbus area.

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71. Jack Nicklaus won the first of five straight Ohio State Junior titles at the age of 12.

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72. Jack Nicklaus took up golf at the age of 10, scoring a 51 at Scioto Country Club for his first nine holes ever played.

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73. Jack Nicklaus was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in the suburb of Upper Arlington.

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74. Jack Nicklaus is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and has helped design courses such as Harbour Town Golf Links.

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75. Jack Nicklaus continued to play at least some of the four regular Tour majors until 2005, when he made his final appearances at the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship.

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76. Jack Nicklaus joined the Senior PGA Tour when he became eligible in January 1990, and by April 1996 had won 10 tournaments, including eight major championships despite playing a very limited schedule.

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77. In 1966, Jack Nicklaus won the Masters Tournament for the second year in a row, becoming the first golfer to achieve this distinction, and won The Open Championship, completing his career slam of major championships.

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78. Jack Nicklaus earned his first professional win at the 1962 US Open, when he defeated Palmer by three shots in a next day 18-hole playoff.

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79. Jack Nicklaus turned professional at age 21 toward the end of 1961.

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80. Jack Nicklaus won the US Amateur in 1959 and 1961 and challenged for the 1960 US Open, where he finished in second place, two shots behind Arnold Palmer.

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