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Golf's Biggest Phenoms

We take a look at some of the most talented youngsters to ever burst onto the scene

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus

Beginning at age 12, Nicklaus won five straight Ohio State Junior titles before carrying that success over into college. While at Ohio State University in 1961, he became the first player to win the U.S. Amateur Championship and NCAA individual championship in the same year. He also won the 1959 U.S. Amateur and nearly captured the1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills while still an amateur. Obviously, the professional ranks weren't a problem, either. Nicklaus' first win came at the age of 22 at the 1962 U.S. Open and he would go on to claim a record 18 major championships.
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