Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is an American professional golfer. By winning a total of 18 career major championships (19 second place and 9 third place finishes) in major events on the PGA Tour over a span of 25 years, he is widely regarded as the most accomplished professional golfer of all time.
Jack has a tremendous ability to focus totally on what he's doing, whether that's on the course or off. Other players may have had as much or more pure talent
Tiger probably makes more long putts than Nicklaus did, but Jack rarely left himself short ones that he missed. Two eras: Nicklaus' swing required enormous strength and flexibility. Woods took the best of many swings and incorporated them into his own.
That was the pose Nicklaus struck so often in his career, and this win was all about Woods and Nicklaus.
“If Tiger comes along and wins more majors, then ‘well done’, I’ll applaud him. But nobody wants their records to be broken. I think he is such a talented young man and he has such a great work ethic that he is going to find a way.
so I was excited about playing, because I love to play. I love competition, and I always got so mad at myself if I just went at it sort of lackadaisically.
I'm not hesitant to change my golf swing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open or the Masters midway in the round if I didn't like what I was doing, because I felt like if I didn't like what I was doing, pretty soon it was going to get me.
Through it all, Nicklaus completed the ultimate champion's profile by being a gracious loser. He finished second 19 times in majors, but always gave credit to the winner. Win or lose, Jack Nicklaus was the greatest.
won a staggering 113 tournaments, including 73 PGA tours, 10 senior PGA tours and 30 unofficial and international events.
Nicklaus' advantage is longevity achieved, because tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. In his record span between winning his first and last professional majors (the 1962 U.S. Open and the '86 Masters), Nicklaus excelled amid three waves of greats
Nicklaus combined tremendous physical ability with boundless mental and psychological resources. At those times when his game was in full song, he would dominate his competition. But Nicklaus' ultimate genius was that when it wasn't, he often found a way to win because he would almost never beat himself.
He turned pro in 1962, earning $33.33 in his first event as a pro. But things quickly got better, and he won his first major that year, defeating Palmer in an 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Open.
GOLDEN BEAR Jack Nicklaus believes a new litter of fearless cubs will fight and scratch to keep the Tiger from savaging his majestic Major milestone.
He won the U.S. Open four times, the Masters Tournament six times, the PGA Championship five times, and the British Open three times.
When asked who he thought was the greatest, Woods replied simply: "Jack. He's got 18. I'm at 14."
He combined skill and power with remarkable concentration and composure under pressure.
"I would never deny that Jack Nicklaus is the greatest player who ever lived," says Gary Player, "but Jack was never this dominant."