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Nicklaus Seeing Green Post Successful PGA Career

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Even though he is now retired, golf enthusiasts will remember Jack Nicklaus as “The Golden Bear.” Considered to be the greatest golfer of all time, Nicklaus has been pegged both the longest and straightest hitter to ever play the game. Winning 18 career championships over 25 years, Nicklaus focused strictly on major championships, such as the Master’s, US Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. When he did play in regular PGA Tour events, he was very selective, and he racked up 73 event wins.

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Believe it or not, golf was not the first choice for Nicklaus, when it came to making a living. He was initially working towards a pre-pharmacy degree from Ohio State University. While he chose to change his major to insurance, Nicklaus always aimed at keeping his golf involvement to an amateur status. However, Nicklaus became a family man and quickly found out that raising five children, with his wife Barbara, did not come easy, hence his decision to become a pro golfer.  After winning the US Amateur Championship in 1959 and 1961, Nicklaus made the decision to join the PGA Tour.

Nicklaus’ first professional win came against Arnold Palmer by three shots in a playoff round. By the age of 26, Nicklaus had racked up a career slam of major championships. Since professional golf was taking up most of Nicklaus’ time, he was a few credits short of graduating from college. However, in 1972, Ohio State presented him with an honorary doctorate, leaving Nicklaus free to focus on the game he truly loves.

In 1986, Nicklaus became the oldest winner of the Master’s Championship, marking his 18th and final major win on the PGA Tour.  By January 1990, Nicklaus joined the Senior PGA Tour, and by the end of April 1996, he added ten tour wins to his collection, including eight major events. Around 2005, Nicklaus retired from professional golf.

While not every golf enthusiast has stopped to think about it or even add up the wins financially, Nicklaus likely made a lot of money in all of the years that he played professional golf. In fact, according to Bing, in 2016 Nicklaus is worth $300 million. While he may be retired from playing the game professionally, Nicklaus has not completely stepped away from the game. He owns one of the largest golf course design companies and shares a hand in designing some of the greatest golf courses in the world.

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Nicklaus has also written one of the most successful, instructional golf books, Golf My Way. Given the success of the instructional book, Golf My Way has also become a successful instructional video. Like most successful athletes, Nicklaus has his own tournament named for him on the PGA Tour. Several software companies have also approached Nicklaus for the endorsement of their computer generated golf games. Whether you own a desktop computer or video game system, such as Xbox or Playstation, chances are you own a golf simulation game that has been personally endorsed by Nicklaus. Of course, if Nicklaus has not personally endorsed the game, it is highly possible that he is one of the featured players.

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Celebrity Golfers that Got Game

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The game of golf draws a love it or hate it attitude and many celebrities love the outdoor sport that marries strategy, power hitting, aim and nature. It’s often featured in film. That’s when actress Cameron Diaz took her first swing. Other actors, like Clint Eastwood and George Lopez, have long played the game and regularly compete in Pro-Am games. But, who tops the list of celebrity golfers? The PGA, Golf Digest and other sport publications put together top 50 and 100 lists based solely on handicap and scores, but what about the talented celebrity players that go above and beyond for their favorite spirt? Here are nine top celebrity golfers who dedicate a hefty portion of their time and effort to the game, both playing it and helping further it.

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Craig T. Nelson
He may have played a football coach, but “Coach” star Craig T. Nelson loves golf so much, he integrates the game into his movie roles. He’s got such game that the Golf Channel featured him on “Playing with the Pro’s.” He’s dedicated to the game and his favorite charity that he hosts his own celebrity tournament to benefit Lilac Services for the Blind.

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11 Golfers on Tour That Are Out of Shape

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Some professional golfers are overweight and out of shape. Golf is not a cardiovascular demanding sport, so perhaps this is one contributing factor. Caddies carry their equipment, and there is no running or jumping involved. Well, no jumping until that amazing hole in one is accomplished, anyway. Professional golfers can continue their career into their 50’s and beyond, so that may be another reason why this sport has “out of shape” players. Many professional golfers smoke and drink while playing, not exactly your typical physical healthy habits. Nevertheless, golf can be played professionally by people who are non-athletic or out of shape and overweight. Even without a cart or caddie, the average calories burned in one hour playing golf is only 360. Let’s take a tour into the lives of 11 professional golfers that are out of shape.

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1. Angel Cabrera – Angel Cabrera plays on the European Tour and the PGA Tour. As a U.S. Open Champion, he will be joining fellow golfers on the field of the 2016 Wyndham Championship. Cabrera was born in Cordoba, Argentina on September 12, 1969. He is commonly called “El Pato” (“The Duck”) because of his waddling walk. Cabrera’s humble beginnings are a true life rags to riches story. Cabrera is stocky and carries a few extra pounds but this chain smoker has given up cigarettes.

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13 Crazy Golf Records That May Never Be Broken

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Golf records exist in the course just like any other sport. There are records for the highest purse award won, the longest drive, the farthest put, and obviously the best hole-in-one. However, there are far more records in the game of gold, some so extreme they ended up the Guinness Book of World Records due to their bizarre nature. Here are 13 of them:

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1. The highest golf course in the world – Imagine what happens when you slice a ball at 10,000 feet above sea level. You can find out in person if you take the time to travel to India to play the Yak Golf Course. This course sits at an altitude of 13,025 feet, and with the air thinner at this level the ball tends to go higher and faster. Any higher and you might need to play vertical.

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