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The Golden Bear turned pro in 1961 at age 21, but joined the PGA Tour next year. From his rookie season he showed the world that a legend was in the making.
He defeated Arnold Palmer in the 1962 U.S. Open held in Oakmont, it would be his first of 18 major championship titles.
Nicklaus has hoisted 73 PGA trophies which puts him as the second most winner golfer in tour's history. To those victories, he added 42 more for a 115 total.
He holds the record for most wins at the Masters, with six; in that same tournament he became the first golfer to successfully defend his title.
At The Open Championship he made 32 consecutive cuts, from 1964 to 1984, winning three times (1966, 1970 and 1978); in the other three majors he holds the record for most cuts made. Nicklaus finished 73 times in the top 10 of major championships, a record that still stands.
He's played the Ryder Cup six times (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1981) with a 17-8-3 record (18.5 points).
Jack has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as PGA Player of the Year (1967, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976), Bob Jones Award (1975), Payne Stewart Award (2000), PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award (2008).
He became the first golfer to receive the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence (2001), was named Golfer of the Century/Millenium by more than 10 media outlets, including Golf Digest Magazine, Golfweek and Associated Press
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.