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Jack Nicklaus is best known for the winning era of the 1960s. At that time, he was at the very pinnacle of his career and was ranked #1 as a professional golfer. After winning his first-ever major tournament he topped out at the age of 22. After that, he went on to win 32 major championships, outscoring Charles Schwab Champion by 2.1 years. Setting a new world record for the most majors ever won. At this time there was a lot of conjecture when he retired. With even his nephew labeling him a “terrible father”. Since then, he has become a top philanthropist, a musician, a businessman, and an activist.
That love for the local area where he grew up remains part of his lasting legacy in the game.
Occasionally a player comes to Augusta National to play and then falls in love. The area around him and shows at least a slight interest in philanthropy as well. On one of his visits, a local area entrepreneur. Who was given a tour of his museum at Augusta National came to see him. He told him that if he can make it to Augusta National. He would not only be the first African American golfer to ever play Augusta. But he would be the first African American player in all the history of the Masters to ever win.
The owner gave him $200 dollars and he went to see how good the museum was and he was very happy. Then he asked the museum proprietor why they were playing Native American symbolism a lot. Especially during the PGA Championship, which makes him one of the great benefactors of the museum in the area and has contributed a lot to its development. He told the museum owner that he doesn’t want any more Native American symbolism in the museum so the museum should omit it from the story. With this, the museum sponsors a yearly celebration of Native American heritage in the area.
While a successful member of the community
He still knew the love for his hometown. That would come a few years later in an unlikely fashion. A show-up that was wearing a local golf outfit to Augusta, Georgia, told him that the PGA has been making a big difference in his community and he hoped he could ask the club to let people ride a golf cart along on the eighteenth hole.
The club manager told him that they probably couldn’t let people ride a golf cart, but he still put the club in contact with the club’s president and the club president was well aware of the foundation that the club creates for his community. The club is now sponsoring a “Celebration of Golf Museum Dedication Dinner” and the founding organization that the club belongs to is doing the decorations for the event.
That an “upstanding” member of the community
Would act so selflessly for a charitable charity is beyond what I can imagine, considering the size of his fortune. When he retired from professional golf it was announced that he would be going into retirement for a minimum of three years and that one of his daughters would be taking over his courses. I imagine that the charitable contributions were so much that he would have gladly accepted if it was a full tour schedule. That he cares more about his legacy and his friends than about the money he was paid per golf tournament is very well documented.