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Jack Nicklaus

Russell Hoban, 4 Feb 1925 - 13 Dec 2011
Jack William Nicklaus, born 21 Jan 1940
Casein on Masonite
Sight: 51.4 x 40cm (20 1/4 x 15 3/4")
Frame: 62.2 x 50.8 x 5.7cm (24 1/2 x 20 x 2 1/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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Born Columbus, Ohio
No golfer to date has come close to matching Jack Nicklaus’s towering record of tournament victories. Nicknamed the “Golden Bear” for his blonde hair and stocky build, Nicklaus combined superb athletic talent with keen strategic ability and phenomenal powers of concentration to prevail in twenty major championships between 1959 and 1986. Named Rookie of the Year in 1962, Nicklaus kicked off his pro career with several dramatic wins, including his upset of favorite Arnold Palmer at the U.S. Open. In the years that followed, his tally included three more U.S. Open titles, along with five PGA championships, three British Open crowns, and an unprecedented six Masters trophies, the last of which he captured by a single stroke at the age of forty-six. That triumph prompted the New York Times to declare that Nicklaus was “the best player of his time.”
Hasta el día de hoy, ningún golfista siquiera se ha acercado al imponente récord de victorias en torneos impuesto por Jack Nicklaus. Apodado “Golden Bear” (el oso dorado) por su cabello rubio y su robustez, Nicklaus aprovechó su espléndido talento atlético, su agudeza estratégica y una prodigiosa concentración para imponerse en dieciocho torneos mayores entre 1961 y 1986. Fue designado Novato del Año en 1962 y se lanzó a la carrera profesional con una serie de dramáticas victorias, una de ellas contra el favorito Arnold Palmer en el Abierto de Estados Unidos. En los años siguientes conquistó tres Abiertos de EE.UU. junto con cinco campeonatos de la PGA, tres coronas en el Abierto Británico y un inédito total de seis trofeos de Masters, el último de estos con un solo golpe, a los cuarenta y seis años. A raíz de este triunfo, el New York Times declaró a Nicklaus “el mejor jugador de sus tiempos”.
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