Jack Nicklaus Essay

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Jack Nicklaus
For the past 30 years, Jack Nicklaus has been considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time(1). His stamina has matched that of Arnold Palmer, and only the likes of Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, and Tiger Woods are to be considered players in Nicklaus' league. In numbers of major tournaments won, Nicklaus stands alone with 18 victories(1), a number that does not include major titles won on the Champions Tour. He has won 73 times on the PGA Tour and has 58 second-place and 36 third-place finishes, as well as a total of 113 victories worldwide.(1) Nicklaus has finished top PGA Tour money winner 8 times and has also held the tour's low-scoring average eight times.(1) He was named the PGA's Player of the Year
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However, he never lit a cigarette on the golf course, unlike every other smoker in the field, even when he was stuck in a trying moment. When asked why this was so, Jack simply replied, “I just don’t think about it.” (2)
     In 1963, Nicklaus won the Masters and the PGA Championship(1). He ran away with the 1965 Masters, winning by nine strokes, in what Bobby Jones called "the greatest
Page 2 performance in golf history.”(2) Nicklaus shattered Ben Hogan's Masters record of 274 by three strokes.(1)Nicklaus successfully defended his Masters title the following year and won his first British Open, becoming one of only five golfers to win all four majors(1) (the others are Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods).(1) At the 1967 U.S. Open, Nicklaus pulled away from Palmer in the final round to win by four strokes(1), finally proving to “Arnie’s Army” that Jack Nicklaus was truly the best golfer in the world.
The beginning of the 1970’s was the start to Jack’s most dominant decade. When it came to winning consistently, Nicklaus was a machine. Between 1970 and 1975 he won seven more majors, the only victories "that count,"(2) as he liked to say. His 1973 PGA Championship title put him one ahead of Bobby Jones' thirteen major victories, and his 1975 Masters was his fifth win at Augusta(1), and was hailed by

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