Nicklaus proposed for Congressional Gold medal

He’s a legend to golfers all around the world.

Now the United States is looking to acknowledge Jack Nicklaus’ legacy by rewarding him with the Congressional Gold medal.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has moved to award The Golden Bear their “highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.”

Nicklaus’ proposed candidacy now moves to the US Senate, and should it pass he would join Arnold Palmer and the late Byron Nelson as the only golfers to be awarded the medal.

Few athletes have actually received the honour: baseball’s Roberto Clemente (1973) and Jackie Robinson (2003), boxer Joe Louis (1982) and Olympian Jesse Owens (1988) are the only others.

Actually it’s the second year in a row Nicklaus’ vote has passed before the House.

Last year it did not receive a final stamp of approval from the Senate.

This time around the vote for Nicklaus passed in the House by a 371-10 margin.

In the description of the bill, it is noted that Nicklaus would receive the medal “in recognition of his service to the nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy.”

Now 74, Nicklaus won 73 tournaments during his PGA Tour career and captured 18 major titles in addition to a pair of US Amateur championships.

Tiger Woods has 14 majors, with many suggested he will never emulate Nicklaus’ marvellous career.