Nicklaus to receive Congressional Gold Medal

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Jack Nicklaus will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on March 24, the highest civilian award the U.S. Congress can bestow.

Nicklaus, 75, will become just the third golfer to receive the award after Byron Nelson (2006) and Arnold Palmer (2009). His career included 73 PGA Tour wins and 18 major titles, and according to a Congressional release he will receive the medal "in recognition of his many contributions to the game of golf and his service to the community and the nation."

Nicklaus will receive the award in a bipartisan ceremony that will include party leaders from both houses of Congress in addition to the entire Congressional delegation from his native Ohio. The resolution recommending that Nicklaus receive the award was signed into law by President Obama in December.

Other athletes to receive the award include baseball players Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, boxer Joe Louis and runner Jesse Owens.