Jack Nicklaus

Fellow golfers and the media may have teased Jack Nicklaus about his weight – hence ‘Fat Jack’ – but when the chips are down and the other pros try to stack up against him, they hardly measure up at all, and we aren’t talking about his weight!

His career has spanned 43 years, he has won an unbelievable 73 PGA Tour titles, eighteen of which were Majors – twice as many as all but one other golfer, Tiger Woods. He has won the US Masters an incredible six times; again only the incorrigible Tiger is anywhere near.

He turned professional in 1962 and as a 22-year-old rookie in his debut year he conquered ‘The King’, Arnold Palmer, at Oakmont to take his first Major – the US Open. He is still the youngest-ever to hold the title. He followed up his success by claiming two Majors in 1963 – the Masters and the PGA Championship.

1965 saw him claim his second Masters and set a new record at the British Open at St Andrews. Although he was runner-up, he shot the lowest score in the final 36 holes with 66-68. After winning the British Open and the US Masters yet again in 1966, he joined the ranks of Sarazan, Hogan and Player, and at 26, claimed his Career Grand Slam.

Jack Nicklaus, past US Masters champion, won all four Majors a record three times in his career, and until the advent of Tiger Woods, who has claimed two Career Slams, there has not been another golfer who has come close. His final Major came in 1986, at the age of 46, with his sixth Masters.

What made Nicklaus probably the best competitive golfer ever was his ability to move on from a bad shot and concentrate on the next. The recovery time was instantaneous. “I didn’t have time to dwell. I was too busy thinking about my next shot. There were other guys out there trying to win the tournament, too, so I wasn’t asking why the ball flew where it did. I was busy asking myself what I needed to do to win the golf tournament.”

Jack’s Majors victories:

  • The Masters – 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975 & 1986
  • The US Open – 1962, 1967, 1972 & 1980
  • The British Open – 1966, 1970 & 1978
  • The PGA Championship – 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975 & 1980

Jack Nicklaus, past US Masters champion, has been credited with bringing raw power into the game. He will always be remembered as having the longest drive of his generation and his concentration on the putting greens is legendary.