Jack Nicklaus, The Birthday Boy

by Jeff Skinner

Jack Nicklaus turns 70 on Thursday and recently there have been quite a few articles paying tribute to the Golden Bear.  Few golfers have had an effect on the game like Jack has.  He took the game to a new level during his prime and became the standard that all other professionals are measured against.  Yes, Jack has won more majors than any other golfer but even more impressive is the manner in which he won them.  There is no athlete in history that has dominated his sport like Nicklaus and at the same time displayed the highest level of integrity, class and sportsmanship which Jack has.  He is without a doubt the greatest, true sportsman ever.

Here are some links to a few excellent pieces on Jack Nicklaus.

Tim Rosaforte in Golf Digest talks with Jack about his career and his work ethic and a little Tiger too.

Jason Sobel at ESPN has Nicklaus explain his remark, “Golf was never all that important to me.”

Jack talks to Guy Yocum and proclaims,” I’m finding now, more than ever, that the game of a lifetime can give you the time of your life without ever striking a shot.”

Jack’s 1986 Masters win is recounted by Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf.  In my opinion, Jack’s final major is the greatest win of all time.

Brian Hewitt and his writers at Global Golf Post share their memories of Jack.

Here’s the video from Jack’s birdie on the 17th at the 1986 Masters.  I still get chills.


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