Jack Nicklaus won PGA tournament after PGA tournament in a career that spanned more than two decades. After a successful PGA career, Nicklaus went on to play on the Senior golf circuit. In all, he played for 44 years as a professional golfer.
Nicklaus is widely considered the greatest golfer of all-time. His longevity in the game and his assorted haul of trophies have led to the accolade. It is doubtful any other golfer will ever eclipse Nicklaus’ feats on the golf course.
Known as “The Golden Bear”, Nicklaus began his professional career in 1961. Within a year of turning professional, Nicklaus had claimed his first major championship, the U.S. Open. By 1966, Nicklaus had already secured the golf grand slam by winning all four major tournaments. “The Golden Bear” was the fourth professional golfer to accomplish the feat and only one other player (Tiger Woods) has since added his name to the list of grand slam winners.
In all, Nicklaus won 18 major championships. His last came in 1986 as he won the Masters for a sixth time. Nicklaus’ 18 major wins is the most by a golfer, and currently, it looks like second place Woods will never break the record. It wasn’t just majors that Nicklaus won in large numbers. He tallied 73 PGA tournament wins during his career. Nicklaus is third on the all-time PGA Tours wins list behind Sam Snead’s 82 and Woods’ 79.
After finishing his PGA Tour career in 1990, he joined what was called at the time the Senior PGA Tour. He marked the occasion by winning his first tournament start. Nicklaus was still able to play in the Masters, but no more major trophies went his way. During his 15-year Senior PGA career, Nicklaus won 10 tournaments.
In 2005, Nicklaus retired from golf at the age of 65. Now 78, Nicklaus still plays on the courses around his home in North Palm Beach, Florida and visits various PGA events.