Jack William Nicklaus is an American retired professional golfer. Nicklaus won a record 18 major championships, three more than second-placed Tiger Woods. He competed in 164 major tournaments, more than any other player, and finished with 73 PGA Tour victories. He had a mild case of polio as a 13-year-old, but overcame it to become a pro golfer by the age of 27.
About Jack Nicklaus in brief
Jack William Nicklaus is an American retired professional golfer. Nicklaus won a record 18 major championships, three more than second-placed Tiger Woods. He competed in 164 major tournaments, more than any other player, and finished with 73 PGA Tour victories, third behind Sam Snead and Woods. His books vary from instructional to autobiographical, with his Golf My Way considered one of the best instructional golf books of all time; the video of the same name is the best-selling golf instructional to date. He won the 1986 Masters, his 18th and final major championship at age 46, the tournament’s oldest winner. He is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He runs an event on the PGA tour, the Memorial Tournament, which he also runs with his son, Jack Nicklaus III. He also heads one of world’s largest golf course design companies, Harbour Town Golf Links. He had a mild case of polio as a 13-year-old, but overcame it to become a pro golfer by the age of 27. His father, Charlie Nicklaus, was a pharmacist who ran several businesses named Nicklaus Drug Store. He died of pancreatic cancer at age fifty six in 2005. He has a son, Jake, who is also a golfer, and a son-in-law, Jake Nicklaus Jr., who is a golf course designer. He was married to his longtime girlfriend, Joanne, for more than 30 years, until her death in 2011. He and his wife have three children.
He currently lives in Florida with his wife and their three children, including a son who is in his early 20s and a daughter who is still in her early 30s. The couple have a son and daughter who are expecting their first child in the spring of 2015. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and has a wife and two children who are also golfers. He played in the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1959 and 1961 and finished second in the 1960 U. S. Open, two shots behind Arnold Palmer. He turned professional at age 21 toward the end of 1961. In 1966, Nicklaus became the first player to win the Masters Tournament two years running; he also won The Open Championship, becoming at age 26 the youngest players to win all four golf majors. Between 1971 and 1980, he won nine more major championships. He overtook Bobby Jones’s record of 13 majors, and became thefirst player to complete double and triple career grand slams. In 1957, at age 16, Nick Klaus won the Ohio Open in all events from 10 to 17, highlighted by a third round of 64, competing against professionals. At 13, he broke 70 at Scioto Country Club for the time, and earned a first-play match-play record of 68, the lowest handicap of +3 in the Columbus area. At 15, he qualified for his first amateur course record, which was the Ohio State Junior Championship. In that year, he also recorded his first hole in one.