Jack Nicklaus Awarded Gold Medal

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Jack Nicklaus Awarded Gold Medal

Jack Nicklaus became the third golfer to win the Congressional Gold Medal, accepting it at the Capitol Rotunda.

“Few transcend their sport to achieve that kind of moment, or this kind of honor,” said House Speaker John Boehner, an avid golfer who grew emotional at times during the ceremony. “With Arnie (Palmer), it was how he brought an audience to the game — an army. With Jack, it’s how he gave the game a gold standard — a ladder to climb.”

Palmer and Byron Nelson are the only other golfers to ever be presented the award.

Nicklaus was gracious in his speech, crediting wife Barbara with 15 of his 18 Major wins, and relating the story of when his son Jack was six and asked what his dad did for a living, the younger Nicklaus replied, “Nothing, he just plays golf.”

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