About Speaker Jack Nicklaus
There are only a handful of golfers in the history of the game who can be recognized by one name. Hogan. Arnold. Player. Rory, Tiger… and Jack. Golf legend and keynote speaker Jack Nicklaus rewrote the history books during his unprecedented career on the PGA Tour. Perhaps his greatest achievement on the course is his record setting 18 major titles capped by a spectacular comeback win at the age of 46 in the 1986 Masters. Yet his achievements off the course as an entrepreneur and philanthropist have transcended the game of golf.
Affectionately known as The Golden Bear, Jack had a stellar amateur career growing up in Ohio. He finished 2nd in the 1960 U.S. Open at just 20 years old and decided to turn pro a year later at 21. His first win on the PGA Tour was the 1962 U.S. Open and thus began a long career of success at major tournaments. His records on paper are downright unbelievable. Each one more impressive than the last. 19 runner-up finishes in major tournaments. The youngest player ever to win all 4 majors in a season. A feat he completed 3 times in his career. 73 total wins on tour and the list goes on.
What’s more, Jack’s done it the right way. He is the ultimate gentleman of a gentleman’s game. You could say his golf career was the front 9 of his life, and his entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors the back 9. Jack operates his own global golf course design company and has licensed countless products under his Golden Bear umbrella.
Jack and his wife Barbara also have a huge heart for kids in need. Together they founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in 2004 to improve pediatric healthcare around the world. He is the host of many charity fundraising tournaments in addition to creating The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village on the PGA Tour in 1976. This professional event geared towards charitable endeavors was the first of it’s kind on the PGA Tour.
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