Jack Nicklaus made final putt from six yards

Even former NBA basketball player J.R. Smith couldn’t believe it! “Aren’t you tired of winning,” he asked? “No, that’s why we keep playing!”, replied Nicklaus

by Andrea Gussoni
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Jack Nicklaus made final putt from six yards
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Putting is like cycling, it rolls and it falls... when your name is Jack Nicklaus! The 83-year-old American was in Mexico on the sidelines of the World Wide Technology, contested on the El Cardonal course, designed by Tiger Woods.

The record holder for the number of victories in Majors (18) participated in his own way in the celebrity tournament, by sinking the final putt from 6 meters, with the putter of Michael Block, the “hero” of the last PGA Championship.

Jack Nicklaus, results

Even former NBA basketball player J.R. Smith couldn’t believe it! “Aren’t you tired of winning,” he asked? “No, that’s why we keep playing!” », replied Nicklaus.

In 1996, Jack Nicklaus became the first golfer in PGA history to win the Senior Tour (now Champions Tour) four times. He is also the only person in PGA history to win every major tournament on the PGA Tour and Senior Tour.

Nicklaus began his professional career in 1961 and his performance in major tournaments remains undefeated to this day: three Players Championships, three Open Championships (1966, 1970, 1978), four US Opens (1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980), six Australian Opens (1964 , 1968, 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1978), five PGA Championships (1963, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1980) and six US Masters (1963, 1965–1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986).

Since 1986, he is the oldest player (46) to ever win the Masters. He is the sole record winner of the Masters and shared record winner of the US Open and the PGA Championship. In 1974, Nicklaus was among the first golfers inducted into the newly created World Golf Hall of Fame.

Sports Illustrated gave him its Sportsman of the Year award in 1978. In 1980 he received BBC Sports' Foreign Sports Personality of the Year award. According to his announcement, the 2005 Open was his last professional golf tournament, partly because former Open winners are only automatically eligible to play up to the age of 65.

In his honor, the order of the tournament was changed and took place on the traditional Old Course in St. Andrews. The Royal Bank of Scotland also honored him with a special print of the 5 pound note. In his prime, Jack Nicklaus combined the very unusual combination in golf of being both one of the greatest putters of all time and the golfer with the longest shot.

He preferred the power fade, which was his signature ball flight.

Jack Nicklaus
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