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Jack Nicklaus Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 10:45 AM EST, Sat January 18, 2014
Jack Nicklaus acknowledges the gallery at the eighteenth hole during an exhibition round at the the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands Country Club on May 5, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas
Jack Nicklaus acknowledges the gallery at the eighteenth hole during an exhibition round at the the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands Country Club on May 5, 2012 in The Woodlands, Texas

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.

Personal:
Birth date: January 21, 1940

Birth place: Columbus, Ohio

Birth name: Jack William Nicklaus

Father: Louis Charles Nicklaus Jr., a pharmacist

Mother: Helen (Schoener) Nicklaus

Marriage: Barbara Jean (Bash) Nicklaus (July 23, 1960-present)

Children: Michael, July 24, 1973; Gary, January 15, 1969; Nancy, May 5, 1965; Steve, April 11,1963; Jack II, September 23, 1961

Education: Attended Ohio State University, 1957-1961

Other Facts:
Nicknamed "Golden Bear."

Began playing golf at age 10.

Has won 20 major championships: six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and two U.S. Amateur Championships.

Owns the Nicklaus Companies, which includes a successful golf course design business.

Timeline:

1956 - Wins the Ohio State Open at age 16.

1959 and 1961 - Wins the U.S. Amateur Championship.

January 1962 - First professional start at the Los Angeles Open.

June 1962 - Earns first professional win, defeating Arnold Palmer, at the U.S. Open.

1962, 1967, 1972, and 1980 - Wins the U.S. Open.

1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, and 1986 - Wins the Masters.

1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, and 1980 - Wins the PGA Championship.

1966, 1970, and 1978 - Wins the British Open.

1967, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1976 - Named PGA Player of the Year.

1974 - Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

1991, 1993 - Wins U.S. Senior Open.

1997 - "Jack Nicklaus: My Story," written with Ken Bowden, is released.

2001 - Is awarded the ESPY Lifetime Achievement Award.

2002 - The Jack Nicklaus Museum opens on the campus of Ohio State University.

2004 - The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation is formed.

2005 - Retires from tournament competition.

2005 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

2006 - Is inducted into the PGA Professional Hall of Fame.

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