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Nicklaus to be awarded Distinguished Service Award

Jack Nicklaus, one of the most dominant forces in golf over the second half of the 20th century, has been named the recipient of the 2000 PGA Distinguished Service Award.

The 60-year-old Nicklaus will receive the award on Wednesday, August 16, during PGA Championship week at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

"The name Jack Nicklaus is synonymous with golf," said PGA of America President Will Mann. "As a player, course designer, a family man and humanitarian, Jack Nicklaus is a legend and most deserving of the PGA Distinguished Service Award."

"The Golden Bear" has 70 official PGA Tour victories, including 18 professional major championships. Among his accomplishments, Nicklaus has won six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and two U.S. Amateur Championships.

Nicklaus joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1990 and owns 10 victories.

"To say the least, I am very proud and honored to receive the PGA of America's Distinguished Service Award, and to be in the company of such great past recipients," Nicklaus said. "I suppose with this recognition, the PGA of America is saying thank you for the part I played in helping grow a game for which I have a great passion and respect. I am very honored and flattered by that."

Nicklaus was a member of six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, amassing a 17-8-3 overall record. Although he served as captain to the 1983 and 1987 teams, Nicklaus is perhaps best remembered for his display of sportsmanship on the final day of play in 1969. He conceded a par putt to England's Tony Jacklin on the 18th green at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport England, affecting the first draw in Ryder Cup history.


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