Jack Nicklaus: Golf's Greatest Champion

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In this intimately penned biography, the only one written about the “Golden Bear,” author Mark Shaw, with the energy of a lifelong fan, chronicles Nicklaus’s life from his early days as a young golfer to his final tournaments on the PGA and Champions Tour. While comparing him to other greats of the game—Palmer, Watson, Bobby Jones, Hogan, Snead, Trevino, and Tiger Woods—the book focuses on Nicklaus's play during a record 18 major championship victories. It also features anecdotes from his family, closest friends,...

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Overview

In this intimately penned biography, the only one written about the “Golden Bear,” author Mark Shaw, with the energy of a lifelong fan, chronicles Nicklaus’s life from his early days as a young golfer to his final tournaments on the PGA and Champions Tour. While comparing him to other greats of the game—Palmer, Watson, Bobby Jones, Hogan, Snead, Trevino, and Tiger Woods—the book focuses on Nicklaus's play during a record 18 major championship victories. It also features anecdotes from his family, closest friends, and golf rivals while painting a portrait of Jack the golfer, Jack the family man, and Jack the golf course designer. Along the way, readers will learn how to improve their game through analysis of Nicklaus’s secrets for success, including his one-of-a-kind mental approach to the game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582614502
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 4.64 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Shaw author of twenty-plus books, is a former criminal defense attorney who has served as a legal analyst for ABC, ESPN, and USA Today. He is a member of the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington, DC, and the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering critical thinking on a range of historical topics, including the assassinations of the 1960s. He lives in Superior, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Book 1 Destiny's Child

1 The Crosby-1972 1

2 The Nicklaus Clan 6

3 Learning the Game 10

4 Molding a Champion 15

Book 2 Jack's Amateur Days

5 Glory in the Mountains 22

6 Jack in Scotland 27

7 Magic at the Open 33

8 The Miracle at Merion 40

9 Major Win Number Two 44

Book 3 Jack Nicklaus-Golf Professional

10 The Rookie 48

11 Testing the Tour 52

12 The 1962 U.S. Open 57

13 Jack and Arnie 64

14 Sparring Partners 70

15 Making His Mark 77

16 More Victories 82

17 The Slump 87

18 Thin Jack 93

19 Johnny Miller 99

20 Tom Watson 106

21 Jack at 40 111

22 Moments of Splendor 117

Book 4 The Nicklaus Method

23 The Masters-1972 123

24 Self-Analysis 130

25 Jack's Regimen 137

26 Playing With Jack 143

27 Jack's Brain 149

28 Jack the Unusual 158

29 Blocking Out the World 162

Book 5 Kings of The Majors

30 Nicklaus and the PGA Championships 169

31 Hollywood Jack 175

32 Nicklaus and The British Open 182

33 Classic Confrontations 189

34 Nicklaus and the Masters 196

35 Thrills and Spills at Augusta 201

36 Two in a Row 205

37 Jack the Imperfect 210

38 The Miracle 216

39 Nicklaus and the U.S. Open Championship 222

40 Jack Under Pressure 228

41 Fireworks at Baltusrol 234

Book 6 Jack The Greatest

42 The 1972 British Open, Westchester, U.S. Pro Match Play 241

43 Jack's Lair 250

44 Disney World Open-1972 254

45 The Best of the Best 258

46 Palmer, Wright, and Watson 270

47 Player, Hogan, and Nicklaus 276

Epilogue 291

Bibliography 295

About the Author 299

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