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ed run at the British Open but finished one ago- nizing stroke behind Lee Trevino, who chipped- in on the 71st hole, a shot that haunts Nicklaus to this day. Still, he would go on to win eight more major championships, a standard of excellence that only gets more relevant as Tiger Woods edges closer to Big Jack's records. Woods may go down as the greatest golfer of all time, but Nicklaus will always be the greatest champion. He redefined our notion of what is possible in the sport and along the way, became a living embodiment of golf 's values. "He's the greatest winner and the greatest loser we'll ever have," says Paul Azinger, a nod to Nicklaus' humility in victory and graciousness in defeat. That 1-iron is the enduring image of Nicklaus the golfer, but who is he is as a man is best captured by his embrace of Tom Watson after being beaten in the Duel in the Sun, or the rueful greeting he gave Watson at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, after he chipped-in on the 71st hole to take the trophy out of Nicklaus' hands. "You got me again, you little S.O.B.," he said. Nicklaus adds, "That's what you're supposed to do. You go out and shake the man's hand and say, 'Well done. Nice going.'" Nicklaus' last victory was one for the ages, when he took the 1986 Masters at 46. (Tiger 150 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 Jack Nicklaus, an all-around sportsman, is also a huge supporter of charity. The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation provides top-notch pediatric health care. Nicklaus has landed big ones all over the world but he always comes home to his college sweetheart, the former Barbara Bash, whose maiden name accurately predicted her hubby's golf game. Photo: Jim Mandeville / The Nicklaus Companies Photo: Jim Mandeville / The Nicklaus Companies

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