Jack Nicklaus was one of the "Big Three" golf players of the sport's "Golden Decade" (1960–1969), which saw the likes of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Lee Masters tussle for the sport's top spot. The tanned and handsome Nicklaus (born in 1940) continued to play until 2005, when he retired from the Masters/Open circuit. Nicklaus is the lowest-shooting amateur to have played the U.S. Open (1960; he shot 282 that year, finishing second to Arnold Palmer).
Nicklaus joined the Champions Tour in 1990, only one year after it was founded. However, he never managed to win a major tournament on that tour, losing out to such less-famous names as Jim Colbert, Chi Chi Rodriguez, and Jay Haas.