Jack Nicklaus Biography

Jack Nicklaus is an accomplished professional golfer, popularly known as ‘The Golden Bear’. Read this biography to learn more about his childhood, life, wins, achievements and timeline.

Quick Facts

Nick Name: The Golden Bear

Birthday: January 21, 1940

Nationality: American

Famous: Golfers American Men

Age: 80 Years, 80 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Also Known As: Jack William Nicklaus

Born Country: United States

Born in: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Famous as: Golfer

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

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Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Barbara Nicklaus

father: Charlie Nicklaus

mother: Helen, Helen Nicklaus

siblings: Barnable Nicklaus, Marilyn Hutchinson

children: Gary Nicklaus, Jack Nicklaus Jr., Michael Nicklaus, Nancy Nicklaus, Steven Nicklaus

U.S. State: Ohio

City: Columbus, Ohio

Diseases & Disabilities: Polio

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education: The Ohio State University

awards: 1962 - PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award
Bob Jones Award
Payne Stewart Award

PGA and PGA Tour Players of the Year
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Florida Sports Hall of Fame
Ryder Cup
Presidents Cup
Players Championship champions

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Jack Nicklaus is one of the greatest and most successful golf players of all time. He is the only player to complete his career ‘Grand Slam’ on both regular and senior tours. Apart from having a total of 118 professional tournament victories to his credit, he also has a record 18 major championship titles, which include six ‘Masters,’ five ‘PGA Championships,’ four ‘U.S. Opens’ and three ‘British Opens.’ One of the only five golfers in the world to have won all four major professional golf tournaments, Nicklaus is known for employing his mental and psychological resources while playing the game. A talented golf course designer, he has received numerous awards for his designs. He also runs one of the largest golf design practices in the world. He is also a proficient writer and has authored many books, including a popular publication titled ‘Golf My Way,’ a book with instructions on golf. He has also penned an autobiography titled ‘My Story.’ Apart from his other skill sets, he is also a skillful businessman, owns a chain of private business, and is the founder and host of ‘The Memorial Tournament.’

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Childhood & Early Life
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Career
  • In 1962, he began his professional career in golf with the ‘PGA Tour.’ His first win was at the ‘U.S Open,’ where he defeated Arnold Palmer to become the ‘U.S Open’ champion.
  • In 1963, he won some of the major golf championships in the U.S – ‘The Masters Tournament,’ ‘Tournament of Champions,’ the ‘PGA Championship,’ and the ‘World Golf Cup.’
  • In 1963, he won some of the major golf championships in the U.S – ‘The Masters Tournament,’ ‘Tournament of Champions,’ the ‘PGA Championship,’ and the ‘World Golf Cup.’
  • In 1965, he won ‘The Masters Tournament’ and set a new record with an aggregate score of 271. The same year, he teamed up with Tony Lema and formed the ‘U.S Team’ for the ‘World Cup.’
  • In 1966, he won ‘The Open Championship’ in Muirfield, Scotland. He participated in 22 official worldwide events that year and won four major tournaments.
  • In 1967, he won his second ‘U.S Open’ title at the ‘Baltusrol Golf Club,’ New Jersey. The same year, he teamed up with Arnold Palmer to win the ‘World Cup’ in Mexico City.
  • In 1970, he won the ‘Open Championship’ at the ‘Old Golf Course’ at St Andrews, Scotland, and also came out victorious at the ‘Piccadilly World Match Play Championship.’
  • In the 1971 ‘PGA Championship’ tour, he defeated Billy Casper. Later that year, he claimed his third ‘World Cup’ victory and won the ‘Australian Dunlop International’ game.
  • In 1973, he broke the records held by Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen in the ‘PGA Championship Tournament’ when he was just 33 years old.
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  • In 1980, he won the ‘U.S Open Tournament’ and the ‘PGA Championship.’
  • In 1986, he recorded one of the major victories of his career when he won his sixth ‘Masters Tournament,’ a match where he scored six birdies and an eagle.
  • In 1990, he won the ‘Senior Players Championship,’ where he defeated Lee Trevino by six shots.
  • In 1993, he defeated Tom Weiskopf at the ‘U.S. Senior Open Tournament.’ He also won the ‘Wendy's Three Tour Challenge’ that year.
  • In 2000, he played his final ‘U.S Open’ at the ‘Pebble Beach Golf Links,’ California. Later that year, he paired with Tiger woods and Vijay Singh for the last ‘PGA Championship’ tournament of his career.
  • In 2005, he played the last tournament of his professional career at the ‘U.S Open Championship’ at ‘St Andrews Golf Course,’ Scotland, where he received a standing ovation. That year, he also played his final ‘Masters Tournament.’
  • At the age of 75, Nicklaus hit his first-ever hole-in-one at ‘Augusta National Golf Club’ while participating in ‘Masters' Par 3 Contest’ on April 2015.
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Awards & Achievements
  • From 1959 to 1961, he was given the title ‘world’s top amateur golfer’ by ‘Golf Digest,’ a monthly golf magazine.
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  • In 1962, he was featured on the cover of ‘TIME’ magazine after he won the ‘U.S Open Tournament.’
  • In 1962, he was honored with the ‘PGA Tour Rookie of the Year’ award.
  • In 1974, he was inducted into the ‘World Golf Hall of Fame.’
  • In 2005, he was awarded the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ by President George W. Bush.
  • In 2008, he was elected as the Global Ambassador of the ‘International Golf Federation.’
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • On July 1960, he married his long-time girlfriend Barbara Bash, and the couple has five children.
  • In early 1963, he injured his hip while playing golf.
  • He was featured on a special commemorative issue of a five-pound note, issued by the ‘Royal Bank of Scotland.’ This made him the first living person to appear on the bank note, besides the Royal Family.
  • In 2002, the ‘Ohio State University’ dedicated 24,000 square foot to ‘Jack Nicklaus Museum’ in his honor. The museum offers a comprehensive view of his life and achievements.
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Trivia
  • At the age of 13, Jack Nicklaus had a mild poliovirus attack, but he overcame it.
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