Sportsman of the Year


 

  I never thought anyone would ever put Hogan in the shadows, but he did" says Gene Sarazen. "Nicklaus has the remarkable combination of power and finesse, and he is one of the smartest guys ever to walk the fairways. And he has been an extraordinary leader. What more is there to say? Jack Nicklaus is the greatest competitor of them all."

Photograph by Eric Schweikardt
Text by Frank Deford

By 1978, Jack Nicklaus had captured three British Opens (including 1978), three U.S. Opens, five Masters (back-to-back in '65 and '66), two U.S. Amateurs and four PGAs. Nicklaus was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, joined the Senior Tour in 1990 and became the first player to win USGA titles in five different decades when he won the Senior Open in 1991. At 56, Nicklaus designs golf courses and is still active on the Senior Tour.

 
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