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    All victories in the major championships are special, but for Nicklaus, winning at the Old Course at St. Andrews was one to savor

    1970 British Open, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland: A Win at the Home of Golf--Jack Nicklaus Original Painting. Nicklaus' long-time idol Bobby Jones once said that no career is complete until a golfer has won on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. That sentiment rested in the back of the Golden Bear's mind as he came to the Old Course for the 1970 British Open, having not won a major championship in three years. Inspired by the memory of his father, who had passed away a few months earlier in 1970, along with his love and understanding of the game's history, Nicklaus was unusually motivated to claim the Claret Jug.

    He opened with rounds of 68-69-73 to enter the final round tied with Doug Sanders and Tony Jacklin for second place, two strokes behind Lee Trevino, who was masterful in the windy conditions. For a time, it looked as though the championship was Sanders' for the taking. Playing in the group behind Nicklaus, he had a three-footer on the final hole for the win, but backed away and never really seemed to settle himself. He missed the putt and the eighteen-hole playoff was set for the next day. With five holes left to play, Nicklaus led by four strokes but Sanders trimmed the lead to one through sixteen. Both players parred the Road Hole. Sanders hit a fine drive on eighteen and, in a moment of high drama, Nicklaus peeled off his sweater before he smashed a drive of some 370 yards through the green. He then two-putted for his birdie and second British Open victory, uncharacteristically tossing his putter in the air in celebration. In the interview room minutes later, Nicklaus was asked about his tenth major championship, and pulling within three of Bobby Jones' record. The Golden Bear confessed that, until that moment, he had never even considered the championship total and the record now in his sights.

    Dimensions 23x32".



    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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