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U.S. Open to award winner Jack Nicklaus medal

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SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Golf Association announced Wednesday that it has renamed the U.S. Open championship medal after Jack Nicklaus. Beginning this year, the Jack Nicklaus Medal will be awarded to the champion and it will incorporate a silhouette of the four-time U.S. Open champion in the design.

The USGA also announced plans to expand its museum with a new Jack Nicklaus Room dedicated to his career and, debuting June 17 on NBC, a new documentary will air that celebrates Nicklaus' victory at the 1962 U.S. Open, his first major championship.

“These are honors that truly challenge you to put words with, because of how humbling and meaningful they are,” Nicklaus said. “I have always held the USGA and their championships in the highest regard. They are the caretakers of our game. In addition, I have always loved USGA championships. I have played in a total of 71, and since I was a 13-year-old junior, they have always been the ultimate and complete examinations of a golfer.”