NICKNAME: THE GOLDEN BEAR
Nicklaus won the US Open Amateur in 1959, finished 2nd to Palmer in the tournament in 1960 and became the winner as a professional in 1962, defeating Palmer in a next day playoff. These matches were the beginning of a friendly rivalry which helped gain popularlity to the game. He is one of very few career players who have won all four major championships, known as the Grand Slam.
Nicklaus was a superb athelete playing and excelling in many during high school, but made his mark in golf while attending Ohio State University. Once he turned professional, his skill and fame took off with meteor speed. He wass offered many lucrative endorsements and was immediate and he ventured into golf course design. An early and prominent design was Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus
"The Golden Bear" was rated the #1 player for ten straight years. He is the oldest player to have won The Masters which occurred in 1986 at the age of 46. To add to his success, Nicklaus has written books and done videos to offer some golf instruction. He has appeared as a golf analyst and sponsored the Jack Nicklaus computer game series. He founded The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village which raises money for Nationwide Children's Hospital and also honors individuals who have significant impact to the game.
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and achieved the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Today, Nicklaus still holds the record for winning the most PGA major championships. His influence continues in golf and business around the world.