Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio), also known as "The Golden Bear", was a major force in professional golf from the 1970s to the late 1990s. He is currently a leading golf course architect with his company Golden Bear International.
In 1996, Nicklaus was the first person in the history of the PGA to win the same Senior Tour event four times. He is the only person in the history of the PGA to win all four major championships in the PGA Tour and Senior Tour.
Nicklaus' began his professional career in 1961 and his winning performance in major tournaments is as yet unmatched: three Players Championships, three British Openss (1966, 1970 and 1978), four U.S. Openss (1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980), six Australian Opens (1964, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1978), five PGA Championships, and six US Masters (1963, 1965-66, 1972, 1975 and 1986), he was the oldest player to ever win the Masters in 1986.
Jack Nicklaus had an unusual combination of being one of the greatest putters of all time as well as the longest hitter on the tour during his prime. He popularized the "power fade" which was his characteristic ball flight.