Born on January 21, 1940, in Columbus, Ohio, golfer Jack Nicklaus won two U.S. Amateur titles while attending Ohio State University. After turning pro in 1961, the “Golden Bear” won six Masters Tournaments, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Open titles and three British Opens for a record 18 major championships. He has since expanded his business interests and earned renown as the head of a prominent golf course design company. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all times.
The Golden Bear has also launched wine and apparel companies and authored multiple books. Along with his wife, Barbara, he established the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and dedicated the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2004. In November 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
Nicklaus continues to serve as an ambassador of the sport that made him one of the world’s most famous and beloved athletes. He enjoyed a memorable trip to the pre-Masters Par 3 Contest in 2018, when his 15-year-old grandson Gary stepped into the competition and drilled the first ace of his young career. “My wins, that’s OK, but to have your grandson make a hole-in-one and watch him do it, man, that’s amazing,” he said afterward.