6 cool things at new Nicklaus tribute

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Jack Nicklaus has been celebrated with tribute room which charts the life and career of the 18-time major champion.

Alongside galleries that honour Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Mickey Wright at the USGA’s HQ, the 1,200-square-foot exhibit space contains more than 80 artifacts, many on loan from the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio. 

Among the most interesting are the persimmon 3-wood Nicklaus used for much of his career, the 1-iron which he use to hit some of his most memorable shots and several items from his historic 1986 Masters victory. 

“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 recognize 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.”

The coolest things on show

MacGregor Tommy Armour 3-wood

Nicklaus used this 3-wood from 1958 through 1995 and won all 18 of his professional majors and both U.S. Amateurs using it.

“White Fang” Putter

Acushnet Bull’s Eye PutterIn an effort to jump-start his game, Nicklaus switched to this putter before the 1967 U.S. Open. It was painted white and the round grip was altered with a pencil jammed into the end of it. He made eight birdies in a final-round 65 to win his second U.S. Open.

MacGregor VIP 1-iron

Nicklaus won seven major championships with this 1-iron and hit two of his most memorable shots – the 238-yard approach to the 72nd hole at Baltusrol in 1967 and the tee shot at the 71st hole at Pebble Beach in 1972.

Caddie overalls worn by Jack Nicklaus II, 1986 Masters

Nicklaus won his 18th major championship at Augusta National in 1986 at age 46. The victory was unforgettable not only because of his final-nine heroics, but because his son, Jackie, caddied for him.

MacGregor 5-iron, 1986 Masters

Coming off an eagle at 15, Nicklaus hit a 5-iron at the 170-yard 16th. As the ball was in flight, Jackie yelled, “Be right!” and Nicklaus said, “It is,” as the ball rolled back to within 3 feet, setting up a birdie.

Wedding invitation and napkin

Jack and Barbara Nicklaus were married on July 23, 1960. Nicklaus has said that Barbara has been his foundation, his voice of reason, his biggest supporter, his best friend and the love of his life. 

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