Who else? Born in Upper Arlington and educated at Upper Arlington High and at Ohio State, the Golden Bear learned from Jack Grout at Scioto Country Club, where he broke 70 for the first time at age 13. Starting at age 12, he captured five consecutive Ohio State Junior Championships. At 16, he claimed the Ohio Open. While at Ohio State, he won two U.S. Amateurs, in 1959 and 1961 and earned individual honors at the 1961 NCAA Championship. Nicklaus turned pro in 1962 and all he did was win 71 titles, including an all-time record 18 professional major championships. Not too much more we need to add here. Tom Weiskopf, you’re a strong but distant runner-up.
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