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    With his father, Charlie, and boyhood idol Bobby Jones looking on, 23-year-old Jack Nicklaus conquers the field at Augusta

    1963 Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA: The First of Many--Jack Nicklaus Original Painting. Jack Nicklaus came to the Augusta National Golf Club for the 1963 Masters Tournament as the reigning U.S. Open champion. He had played in his first Masters in 1959 and, from the first, he loved the course because it set up perfectly for his game--power was a plus; second-shot accuracy was a premium. Add to the scenario that Bobby Jones had been Charlie Nicklaus' sporting hero, a fondness he passed along to his son, and it didn't take a genius to see that the stage had been ideally set for great things.

    Nicklaus opened with a seventy-four but rallied to an inspired sixty-six in the second round that put him just one stroke off the lead. Then, in a third round deluged with rain and unplayable by most standards, Nicklaus stood strong and topped the leaderboard heading into the final round. His Sunday seventy-two withstood challenges from Tony Lema, who finished a stroke back, and third-place finishers Julius Boros, and the sentimental favorite, fifty-year-old three-time champion Sam Snead, who was as much a part of the Masters lore as the magnolias and azaleas.

    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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