Far Hills, New Jersey, United States: The United States Golf Association Museum has held a special event to mark the opening of the Jack Nicklaus Room.
The new room, which celebrates the life and career of the 18-time Major champion, joins galleries that honour Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Mickey Wright.
The 1,200-square foot exhibit space contains more than 80 artefacts, many on loan from the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio.
“We are delighted that we are able to gather friends and family at the USGA Museum to celebrate the addition of a room devoted to one of the game’s greatest players, Jack Nicklaus,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr, USGA President. “The Nicklaus Room offers an interactive experience that will allow future generations the opportunity to appreciate Jack’s legacy and relive many of the greatest moments in American golf history.”
From his first US Open victory in 1962 to his last Green Jacket in 1986, Nicklaus had the skill and the determination to compete more successfully than anyone else in golf’s Major championships.
He compiled the best amateur record since his hero, Bob Jones, capped his career by winning the Grand Slam in 1930. Nicklaus won two US Amateurs and played on two victorious USA Walker Cup teams.
He turned professional in November 1961 and embarked on a career that included 73 PGA Tour victories and a record 18 Major championship titles. He won a record-tying four US Opens, six Masters Tournaments, three British Opens and five PGA Championships – an amazing testament to his three decades of sustained excellence.
Nicklaus did not become golf’s greatest Major champion on ability alone, however. His competitive spirit, self-belief, commitment, integrity, perseverance and vision were among the values that helped turn his unquestioned skills into unmatched success.
“The USGA has had a great influence on my career and helped shape my love of the game and for competition since I first picked up a club at age 10,” Nicklaus said.
“My association with them – from the championships I played to the USGA leaders who have impacted my life – is one I have always valued. For them to recognise my career and life with this addition to the USGA Museum is humbling and meaningful to me and my family.
“I hope this room provides guests the opportunity to share some of the cherished memories I have, but more important, I hope parts of it can help educate a new generation of golfers and golf fans about our collective work to grow this great game.”