The man needs no introduction, other than a reminder that he’s widely considered the greatest golfer of all-time.
Nicknamed ‘The Golden Bear’, Jack Nicklaus, who turns 77 today, dominated with a club in his hands as his sport’s foremost athlete.
His resume speaks for itself, with 18 career major championships – six Masters, five PGA Championship wins, and four each in the US Open and The Open Championship.
Nicklaus became the first golfer to complete double and triple career slams and also finished runner-up in them 19 times, while adding another nine third-place finishes.
As far as all-time PGA Tour victories, he trails only Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (79) with his 73.
Nicklaus finally retired from the sport in 2005, ending his sparkling career with 120 total professional wins and a well-deserved legacy.
Other sports stars born on this day
1963: Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American former NBA legend, two-time champion and former MVP (54).
1988: Ashton Eaton, American retired decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medallist and world record holder (29).
1986: Jonathan Quick, American goaltender for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings two-time Stanley Cup winner (31).
1989: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Armenian footballer for Manchester United and the Armenia national team (28).