Jack Nicklaus was powerful in his youth, as we know, but he remains so in his golden years, according to a different metric. He has turned up on a list of the most powerful Americans 50 years of age and older.
NowItCounts.com, which bills itself as the Destination for Americans 50+, has ranked Nicklaus 30th on the NiC 50.
Nicklaus at Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in March (Getty Images)
"Is there a golf-loving American in this country who doesn't love/respect/cherish the Golden Bear?'" the entry on Nicklaus says. "Nicklaus has also been nothing but gracious in the firestorm surrounding fellow golf prodigy Tiger Woods and that man's pursuit of Nicklaus' record-setting 18 titles at majors (Woods currently sits at 14). Golf legend, business mogul and his sport's greatest ambassador -- we all love Jack."
The list is headed by Bill Gates and also includes presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush in the top 10. Nicklaus ranks ahead of Brad Pitt (43rd), Ted Turner (45th), and Tom Hanks (50th).
However they're numbered, Nicklaus is in good company. Or, as those in golf might say, they're in good company on a list that includes Nicklaus, who recently received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the United States Congress can bestow on a civilian.