A poster listing Jack Nicklaus's accomplishments in golf used to hang on the wall in Tiger Woods's bedroom in Cypress, Calif. Woods says the poster helped him measure his own progress. This week, as the 20-year-old Woods attempts to win an unprecedented third consecutive U.S. Amateur, at Pumpkin Ridge near Portland, we thought it would be interesting to see how his amateur career compares with Nicklaus's. Listed are the two players' significant amateur victories and their finishes in the majors. Nicklaus left Ohio State--without graduating--after capping his amateur career by winning the 1961 NCAA. A year later, at 22, he won his first major (the U.S. Open), then added the Masters and the PGA when he was 23. He won the final leg of the Grand Slam, the British Open, at 26.
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