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Jack William Nicklaus
(born January 21, 1940), nicknamed
"The Golden Bear"
, is an American
. He is widely regarded as the most accomplished professional golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career
, while producing 19 second place and 9 third place finishes in them, over a span of 25 years. Nicklaus focused on the major championships (
), and played a selective schedule of regular
events, yet still finished with 73 victories, third on the all-time list.
After winning two
s in 1959 and 1961, and challenging for the
1960 U.S. Open
, Nicklaus turned professional toward the end of 1961. The
1962 U.S. Open
was both Nicklaus' first major championship victory and his first professional win. This win over
began the on-course rivalry between the two. In 1966, Nicklaus won the Masters Tournament for the second year in a row, becoming the first golfer to achieve this, and also won The Open Championship, completing his career slam of major championships. At age 26, he became the youngest to do so at the time. In 1968 and 1969, Nicklaus did not win a major tournament. He then won another Open Championship in 1970.
Between 1971 and 1980, he would win a further nine major championships, overtake
' record of 13 majors, and become the first player to complete double and triple career slams of golf's four professional major championships. At the age of 46, Nicklaus claimed his 18th and final major championship at the
1986 Masters Tournament
, becoming that championship's oldest winner. Nicklaus joined the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the
) in January 1990, when he became eligible, and by April 1996 had won 10 of the tour's tournaments, including eight of that tour's major championships, despite playing a very limited schedule. He continued to play at least some of the four regular Tour majors until 2005, when he made his final appearances at The Open Championship and the Masters Tournament.
Nicklaus has also taken part in various off-course activities, including
golf course design
, charity work and book writing. Nicklaus helped design courses such as
Harbour Town Golf Links
. Nicklaus also runs his own tournament on the PGA Tour, the
. His golf course design company is one of the largest in the world. Nicklaus' books vary from instructional to autobiographical, with his
Golf My Way
considered one of the best instructional golf books of all time; the video of the same name is the best selling golf instructional to date.
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