Nicklaus, Jack (William)(1940– ) golfer; born in Columbus, Ohio. Considered the greatest golfer in history, he won more major tournaments (21) than any other player. After a successful amateur career at Ohio State University, he turned professional and won the U.S. Open in 1962. Nicknamed, "the Golden Bear", the blond-haired golfer won the Masters six times, the U.S. Open four times, and the British Open three times, between 1962 and 1986. The oldest player ever to win the Masters at age 46, he was voted Golfer of the Century in 1988 by the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA). His various product endorsements and varied business interests—particularly in golf courses—made him a very wealthy man.
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