Jack Nicklaus Biography

February 20, 2020
First published on:February 20, 2020
by Ramin

Facts of Jack Nicklaus

Birth Name Jack William Nicklaus
Birth Place Columbus, Ohio
Famous Name Jack Nicklaus
Birth Date 21 January 1940
Horoscope Aquarius
Father Charlie Nicklaus
Mother Helen Schoener Nicklaus
Net Worth $320 million
No. of Twitter Followers 433900
No. of Instagram Followers 378000
Height 5' 10''
University attended Ohio State University
School attended Upper Arlington High School
Graduated year 1961
Currently Married Barbara Bash
Children Gary Nicklaus, Nancy Nicklaus, Michael Nicklaus, Steven Nicklaus, and Jack Nicklaus Jr

Jack William Nicklaus aka The Golden Bear is a Retired American Professional Golfer. He is one of the legends in the golfing world and is considered one of the greatest golfer of all time. He officially turned professional in late 1961. He holds an amazing record of 18 Major Tournaments still beating Tiger Woods. He has competed in 164 major tournaments and finished with 73 PGA Tour victories.     

The Golden Bear was born on 21 January 1940 under the star sign Aquarius. He was born on Columbus, Ohio and grew up in the suburb of Upper Arlington. He belongs to German Decent. His parents are Helen Schoener Nicklaus and Charlie Nicklaus. His father owned several businesses named Nicklaus Drug Store.

The 86 Kg Jack attended Upper Arlington High School. He received some recruitment offer from college basketball programs, including Ohio State but chose a different path but stayed with Ohio State for his Collegiate years. Jack Grout was his Coach. he took up golf at the age of 10 and he had an interest in other sports such as football, baseball, tennis, and track, and field. His idol was Robert Tyre Jones Jr. aka Bobby Jones.

Jack Nicklaus' Net worth and Prize Money

The 80-years-old has a net worth of whopping $320 million. His net worth is received from his career earnings as a Professional golfer and also from the variety of business that he owns. 

Usually, a PGA tour offers prize money to those who are competitive enough to make the cut finishing 36 holes. Winning a tournament will likely result in earning about $1.5 million dollars. Jack has won a staggering 73 PGA tour and has been ranked 3 overall in the golf history. He has received $9,108,642 million from the cash prizes in the PGA tour. 

The golfers who finish a PGA Tour season with the highest tournament earnings are called the tour's "Money Leader" or "Leading Money Winner" and also receive the Arnold Palmer Award. Jack Niklaus has become the money leader eight times and won $1,881,074.32.

Year  Earnings/ Prize Money
1976 $266,498.57
1975 $298,149.17
1973 $308,362.10
1972 $320,542.26
1971 $244,490.50
1967 $188,998.08
1965 $140,752.14
1964 $113284.50
Total Earnings $1,881,074.32

Presently, he is one of the heads of the world's largest golf course design companies. His course is Harbour Town Golf Links and also a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. His first solo design was Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario which opened for play in 1976.

Jack Nicklaus and his wife receiving money for charity SOURCE: [email protected]

Nicklaus is in partnership with his four sons and his son-in-law through their company, Nicklaus Design. The company has 299 courses open until the end of 2005. The company is partnered with Ahead USA, Arizona Beverage Company, Aqua Hydrate, The Honda Classic, The Golden Bear and the Substitute of Schwan's Company, Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, Jack Nicklaus Museum, Rolex, Sub Zero Wolf, and Terlato Wines.   

The 5' 10'' tall might receives brand deals and sponsorship from various companies for his outstanding performance in the golfing course. Being a legend, he definitely is one of the prominent features in the industry and his fame will definitely attract more customers.

He also gave his name to promote the successful Jack Nicklaus computer game series published by Accolade. Several of the golf courses he designed were incorporated into the series and in addition Jack Nicklaus 6: Golden Bear Challenge by Activision was published in 1999. He would have received royalty rewards for the promotion of the game.   

Married Life with Barbara Bash

Jack Nicklaus is married to Barbara Bash. She was a nursing student when they first met each other. They met through a mutual friend. They met each other when they were just 17-years-old. The couple tied the knot in 1959 on Christmas. They have been together for nearly 61 years.

Jack Nicklaus Family SOURCE: [email protected]

They have five children and 22 grandchildren. Their children are Gary Nicklaus, Nancy Nicklaus, Michael Nicklaus, Steven Nicklaus, and Jack Nicklaus Jr. He resides in North Palm Beach, Florida, the United States alongside his wife Barbara Bash. 

Instructional Books and Media

He has also written several golf instructional books, an Autobiography, a book on his golf course design methods and philosophy and ha also produced several videos.   

His book "Golf My Way" is one of the all-time classics of golf instruction and has been reissued several times since the initial printing in 1974. He has also appeared on television as a television analyst and commentator with ABC sports on golf broadcasts.

Rolex President Day-Date in Gold

The 80-years-old is one of the superbrands in Sports yet during his entire career he has used a single watch in his entire life which he received from his watchmaker as a gift in 1967.

Jack Nicklaus watch SOURCE: Rolex

"First watch and the only watch I have ever owned," said Nicklaus in an interview with watch website Hodinkee. He wore the watch every day in his entire life and only taking it off before playing and again wearing it after the game. 

Achievements and Awards

  • Named greatest golfer/athlete by Sports Illustrated; Golf Magazine; Associated Press; Golfweek; GolfWorld; PGA Tour and GolfWeb; ESPN; British Broadcasting Company; and Today's Golfer.
  • Named golfer of the Century/Millennium by Asian Golf Monthly, Associated Press, British Broadcasting Company, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf Monthly Magazine, Golfweek, Golf Web, GolfWorld, International Association of Golf Tour Operators, PGA Tour, Today's Golfer.
  • Named Florida Athlete of the Century.
  • Received a Doctor of Athletic Arts Honorary Degree from Ohio State University, 1972.
  • Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1974.
  • Received a Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
  • Inducted into the Memorial Honorees at the Memorial Tournament, 2000.
  • Received the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence in 2001 being the first golfer and only the third athlete in the award's history.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient in 2005
  • Inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in the class of 2006.
  • Presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship by the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Palm Beach, Florida; January 2008.
  • Presented with the Charlie Bartlett Award from the Golf Writers Association of America at its annual awards dinner in Augusta, Georgia in April 2009 recognizing four decades of charitable work with children.
  • Presented with the National Pathfinder Award at the annual Pathfinder Awards Banquet in June 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana for decades of dedication to youth in need, most recently through the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
  • Congressional Gold Medal recipient in 2015; he joins golfers Arnold Palmer and Byron Nelson.
  • Awarded Star #41 on The Flag for Hope on June 30, 2016; in recognition of his exceptional PGA career and his philanthropic efforts to assist children in need via the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
  • World Golf Hall of Fame (1974)
  • PGA Player of the Year (1967, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1976)
  • Bob Jones Award (1975)
  • Payne Steward Award (2000)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005)
  • PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
  • Congressional Gold Medal (2015)

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