Only President Obama’s signature stands between Jack Nicklaus and the Congressional Gold Medal.
It was announced Tuesday that the legislation to recognize Nicklaus has passed the U.S. Senate and is headed to the president’s desk for final approval.
The Gold Medal is Congress’ greatest honor and aims to recognize a person's service to the nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship and philanthropy.
In 2012, Ohio senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown introduced legislation to award Nicklaus the Congressional Gold Medal. On Tuesday, Brown said the honor is “a fitting tribute for a man who has given so much to his community and country.”
After being recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, Nicklaus, 74, is set to join Arnold Palmer as the only golfers to receive both honors.
In addition to Nicklaus’ 18 majors and 73 PGA Tour titles, he also has designed nearly 300 golf courses and founded the Memorial Tournament, which has distributed more than $20 million to Central Ohio charities.