Nicklaus defeats ‘Monster’ in Sr. Open

On July 28, 1991, pro golfer Jack Nicklaus won the U.S. Senior Open at the Oakland Hills Country Club, called “The Monster” by Ben Hogan, in a course-record-tying 65 strokes.

Nicklaus beat Chi Chi Rodriguez by four strokes after hitting a birdie in each of the first eight holes. He trailed by one stroke at the end of the third round, tying him with Rodriguez for second. They trailed behind behind Lee Trevino who hit a bogey at the 17th hole in the fourth round while Rodriguez shot five under par.

Nicklaus won the senior open in ’91 and ’93 and started in the tournament 12 times. He is the only golfer other than Arnold Palmer to win Amature Open, U.S, Open, and the Sr. Open.

Nicklaus started in 594 PGA events, he made the final cut for 506 of them.  He made the top ten 286 times and claimed 73 tour wins. A record setting 20 of the victories were major championships. More information can be found about him at a museum in his name. It is located in the Ohio State University sports complex, in his home town Columbus, Ohio.

While his performance on the course was stellar, his characters off the course was recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal in March 2015.

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