Golden Bear turns an even-par 72 years old


Jack Nicklaus celebrated his birthday on Saturday, turning an even-par 72 years of age.

Nicklaus owns a host of PGA Tour and major championship records, including the most important with his 18 major victories. Over the span of his major championship career, Nicklaus finished second in 19 majors. His endurance in the majors was equally as impressive, playing in 146 consecutive major championships from the 1962 Masters through the 1998 U.S. Open.

The Golden Bear won 73 times in his PGA Tour career, currently second to Sam Snead's 81. Tiger Woods is two official victories behind Nicklaus. Nicklaus' $5,734,031 in career earnings, however, leaves him at No. 200 all time ' a sign of the game's popularity he helped create.

Nicklaus went 17-8-3 in six Ryder Cup appearances. He also served as captain in 1983 and '87, with his charges victorious at PGA National and losing at Muirfield Village. He led the Americans in four different Presidents Cups, winning three and tying in 2003.

His masterpiece at Muirfield Village, however, is just one of the 280 golf courses Nicklaus has personally had a hand in designing.

This summer, Nicklaus will celebrate a golden milestone. In June, he will mark the 50th anniversary of his first major win at the 1962 U.S. Open.