Milwaukee Championship Legends

MONTREAL - SEPTEMBER 29: Jack Nicklaus, the captain of the U.S.Team, stands on the 18th green during the third round morning foursome matches at the Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club September 29, 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)We take a look at three men who have become household names throughout the world – the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Greg Norman.

Milwaukee Championship Legend: Jack Nicklaus

American, Jack Nicklaus has won an incredible 18 majors in a career which has spanned a quarter of a century. He played on the PGA Tour from 1962 until 1986, and if you think he has hung up his clubs, think again – he is still very much part of the golfing fraternity, and currently plays on the Champions Tour.

In 2007 he recorded his tenth Champions Tour win, when, together with Tom Watson, he clinched the Wendy’s Champions Skins Game. Although he has never won the Milwaukee Championship, he was runner-up to Jim Thorpe in 1985.

His best results at the majors are:

Milwaukee Championship Legend: Gary Player

South African, Gary Player is another of the greatest players ever to live, together with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Player is currently part of the Champions Tour, and he and Jack Nicklaus still go head-to-head as captains of opposing teams during the elite Presidents Cup.

He claimed 24 PGA Tour wins, including nine majors, and boasts a further 120 professional wins. He too can never claim that he won at Milwaukee – he was runner-up to Ken Still in 1969. He claimed three Masters, one

US Open Golf Championship, three British Opens and two PGA Championships.

Milwaukee Championship Legend: Greg Norman

Australian Greg Norman is another golfer who has reached the status of a legend in his lifetime. He is probably not as admired in the States as he is in his own country, and his majority of wins have been on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

He has 87 career wins, 20 of them on the PGA Tour, 14 on the European Tour, 33 on the PGA tour or Australasia and 22 other wins. He won the Milwaukee Championship in 1989.His only success in the majors was his double at the Open Championship in 1986 and 1993.

He has been honoured by numerous awards including:

  • Byron Nelson Award (1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995)
  • Vardon Trophy (1989, 1990, 1994)
  • PGA Tour Player of the Year (1995)
  • PGA Player of the Year (1995)
  • PGA Tour Money Winner (1986, 1990, 1995)
  • PGA Tour of Australia Order of Merit (1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988)

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