BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Jack Nicklaus won the first of his three British Open titles in 1966 at Muirfield in Scotland, site of this week's championship. His victory at Muirfield was Nicklaus' sixth major in his eventual record-setting string of 18 major championship victories. The win also marked the golfer's entry into the exclusive Grand Slam club, where he joined Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan as the only players to have achieved this rare professional feat.
World-renowned golf artist Walt Spitzmiller's extraordinary collection of paintings simply entitled Jack's Majors captures Nicklaus' memorable maiden British Open win and chronicles the ensuing 12 major victories (which included two more Open wins at St. Andrews in 1970 and 1978) in an eloquent and unprecedented artistic tribute. Spitzmiller spent eight years painting what he believes is golf's greatest achievement of the modern era: Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championship titles. Each painting brings to life a special moment from the "Golden Bear's" unmatched legacy.
Spitzmiller's painting of Nicklaus executing a shot from one of Muirfield's menacing bunkers captures the champion's intense focus and determination as he expertly navigated the venerable links course to secure his first win in Scotland. In deference to the proliferation of some 170 pot bunkers, Nicklaus elected only to use his driver 17 times over the four rounds of competition.
In addition to the art collection, Jack's Majors is available in an exquisite and strictly limited edition Portfolio book. Only 100 museum-quality volumes numbered and signed by Jack Nicklaus and the artist will be made available on a custom order basis. The oversize hand bound and luxuriously crafted Portfolio includes 18 giclee art prints (18" x 24"), along with accompanying text that recounts the highlights of each tournament victory by best-selling golf author, Don Wade.
For more information about the limited edition Jack's Majors Portfolio signed by Jack Nicklaus and Walt Spitzmiller, as well as the 18 paintings in the collection, visit www.jacksmajors.com.
About Walt Spitzmiller
Walt Spitzmiller is one of the world's foremost sporting artists who specializes in golf. His work is widely held by private and corporate collectors, including many golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino, as well as the PGA TOUR. His iconic golf art captures the spirit of the game, its famous players and early legends, its fields of play and historic moments.
Walt's golf art has been showcased by the USGA, marking only the third time in the association's history that an individual artist was featured at Golf House. The PGA TOUR has commissioned him to create original paintings of recipients of their Lifetime Achievement Award, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and President George H.W. Bush. The TOUR also had Walt paint the members and two captains of the 2009 Presidents Cup teams.
For many years, Walt's art regularly illustrated stories in Sports Illustrated and GOLF Magazine, and he was the chief contributing artist to Senior Golfer Magazine, as well as a special contributor to Outdoor Life magazine. Additionally, Walt's art may be found in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Baseball Hall of Fame, The Smithsonian Institute, The American Museum of Illustration and the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Walt resides in Bonita Springs, Florida. Visit www.waltspitzmillergolfart.com.
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