Jack Nicklaus career highlights

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The Career of Jack Nicklaus GOLF.com looks back at the amazing accomplishments and memorable moments from the Golden Bear's career. A strapping and crew-cut wearing Jack Nicklaus arrived at Winged Foot Golf Club for the 1959 U.S. Open with aspirations of greatness, but missed the cut.
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After finishing second in the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club — and winning the previous year's U.S. Amateur — Sports Illustrated stated the obvious on its cover. Nicklaus would go on to win the 1961 U.S. Amateur and NCAA titles before turning pro.
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Competing in his first U.S. Open at as a professional, and ninth major championship, Nicklaus defeated Arnold Palmer in the King's backyard, Oakmont Country Club.
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Winning at Oakmont earned Nicklaus another spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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With power to spare and the ability to shape shots, Nicklaus's game was tailor made for Augusta National. He won his first Masters in 1963.
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The other members of the original Big Three, Gary Player, left, and Palmer, center, were all smiles during the award ceremony at the 1965 Masters, where Nicklaus won his second green jacket.
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With Ben Hogan looking on during the final round, Nicklaus won his second-straight Masters in 1966—and third in four years.
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In an early example of the SI cover jinx, Nicklaus, a two-time defending champion heading into the 1967 Masters, missed the cut.
9 of 19 Gerry Cranham/SI
Fashions changed as the 1970s arrived, but the Golden Bear kept on winning. With his wife, Barbara, at his side, Nicklaus held the claret jug after defeating Doug Sanders in a playoff to win the 1970 British Open at St. Andrews.
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Nicklaus landed on yet another Sports Illustrated cover.
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Bad pants and all, Nicklaus was able to get out of this jam at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, and win the 1975 PGA Championship.
12 of 19 Walter Iooss, Jr./SI
Two icons: Nicklaus prepared to blast a drive down the 18th fairway at St. Andrews with the Royal & Ancient's clubhouse in the background. He would go on to win the 1978 British Open, his final victory in golf's oldest championship.
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Having won every major trophy in golf — two U.S. Amateurs, five Masters, three U.S. Opens, three British Opens and four PGA Championships — Nicklaus was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year in 1978.
14 of 19 Walter Iooss, Jr./SI
Jack is Back! In 1980, Nicklaus won his first U.S. Open in eight years (and 18 years after winning his first), when he out-dueled Isao Aoki at Baltusrol Golf Club.
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In his most memorable win, Nicklaus staged one last Sunday charge in 1986 to win his sixth Masters.
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Nicklaus on the cover of Sports Illustrated after winning the 1986 Masters, his 18th, and final, major championship.
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Surrounded by his peers, Nicklaus was named one of Sports Illustrated's Athletes of the Century.
18 of 19 Bill Frakes
With over 250 golf courses developed, Nicklaus Design has become one of the most influential golf course design businesses in the world. Nicklaus has designed courses on six continents with many used for professional events, including Muirfield Village and PGA West.
19 of 19 Bill Frakes
More than any golf title, Nicklaus's family has always been his first priority. He and wife Barbara have five children and 17 grandchildren.