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As noted in the New York Times Sunday, Jack Nicklaus' legendary 1986 Masters win is cast in an iconic bronze statue inside the Augusta Museum of History. His comeback win at age 46, fueled by what Golf World magazine called the "greatest final round in major championship history," is being celebrated all over again on its 25th anniversary.

But it is frozen for all time in the statue, which captures his now-signature image -- the moment on the 17th green as his birdie putt was going in and Nicklaus, as the Times' Larry Dorman put it, "bent his knees into a powerful, athletic crouch and raised the putter in his left hand aloft, like a scepter or Excalibur, as he stalked the putt."

We hope Masters patrons will visit the Augusta Museum of History, 6th and Broad Street downtown, and relive the moment for themselves, while enjoying exhibits on golf and other area history.

The museum's special Masters week hours are 10-5 Monday-Saturday and 1-5 Sunday.

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justthefacts 04/05/11 - 08:59 am
Mr. Nicklaus has done that a

Mr. Nicklaus has done that a lot. I will never forget his reaction to his putt on 16 in 1975. Raised putter, circling to his right as the putt climbed toward the hole, with Miller and Weiskoff watching from the Tee. Game over.

Boogaloo 04/05/11 - 12:54 pm
When Nicklaus first arrived

When Nicklaus first arrived on the scene in the early 60's, I was with the crowd that didn't like him. He was "Fat Jack" to us and Arnie was the King. I think it was the golf writer Dan Jenkins who penned the words about Nicklaus at that time, "His first foray into Sherwood Forest and he done and went shot Robin Hood". It didn't take long for me to change my opinion of Jack as he clearly showed that he was by far the best golf competitor ever.
Character and class has defined this man throughout his career and on into his retirement from competitive professional golf. He is still the best ever.

follower 04/05/11 - 02:06 pm
While being celebrated as

While being celebrated as arguably the best the game has ever seen, it's the absence of scandal, and more importantly, his devotion to family, that makes Jack a hero in America's eyes.

Only after 1986 did we come to realize the effort he put forth to keep his wife and children first, before the game of golf, sometimes flying back to Ohio after Friday's round to see his son's games, and then flying right back to a tournament the same night.

18 major wins, but always in the hunt, with 36 major runner-up finishes. The Bear was always on the prowl. Even at 59, a top ten finish at Augusta. Even then, with Nicholas, there was always that possiblity.

Truly a man with his priorities in line. He'll always stand above the rest.

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