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    After dominating amateur golf, Jack Nicklaus turned pro and won his first of four U.S. Opens in a duel with Arnold Palmer

    1962 U.S. Open, Oakmont Country Club, Pittsburgh, PA: A Major Breakthrough--Jack Nicklaus Original Painting. In a duel for the ages, Jack Nicklaus faced Arnold Palmer, considered one of golf history's most popular players, at Oakmont Country Club--just thirty-five miles from Palmer's birthplace and home. Tied after seventy-two holes, the two met in an eighteen-hole playoff on Sunday. As he had all week, Palmer played exceptionally well from tee to green but struggled on Oakmont's treacherous putting surfaces.

    Nicklaus, who liked the demanding course and was comfortable with the way the United States Golf Associations's U.S. Open set up, jumped out to a four-stroke lead but Palmer staged yet another of his memorable charges, making birdies on the ninth, eleventh and twelfth to close to within one. But a three-put bogey on thirteen was his downfall and Nicklaus won by three strokes.

    It was fitting that this Open not only established one of the greatest rivalries in sports, but also cemented what would prove to be a long and enduring friendship.

    Dimensions 24x36".

    The Walter Spitzmiller Collection of Jack Nicklaus Original Artwork

    This is one of eighteen lots that represent a shared labor of love between award-winning sports artist Walter Spitzmiller and the iconic Jack Nicklaus, one of the most decorated golfers of all time. Together, this pair set out to create a visual record of Nicklaus' eighteen major championships to form a special portfolio of limited edition giclee prints entitled, "Jack's Majors." Only one hundred editions were made.

    Nicklaus was thoroughly moved when the challenging endeavor was complete, saying, "I have always respected Walt's work and how he interprets a scene and a moment in history. Walt dedicated himself to the challenge of putting to canvas the story of my eighteen majors. It took me twenty-five years to win them, and it took Walt eight years to paint them. I hope he can reflect on his body of work with pride, because he should."

    Each work is oil on canvas, in pristine condition. It is unquestionably the finest series of visual works dedicated to this giant of American athletics.

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