While many of the top golfers in the game are showcasing their golf and honoring Jack Nicklaus at his Memorial Tournament, the North Palm Beach resident is being honored with yet another top honor.
Earlier in the week, while Nicklaus was making final preperations before welcoming the PGA Tour to his Muirfield Village for the annual tour stop, the Huffington Post was naming Jack to it's list of top 50 most powerful Americans 50 years of age and older.
Nicklaus came in at number 30 on a list that featured some of the most influential actors, writers, media moguls, innovators, fashion icons, singers, business leaders, and politicians.
“Is there a golf-loving American in this country who doesn’t love/respect/cherish the ‘Golden Bear?’” the article proclaims. “Nicklaus has also been nothing but gracious in the firestorm surrounding fellow golf prodigy Tiger Woods and that man’s pursuit of Nicklaus’ record-setting 18 titles at majors (Woods currently sits at 14). Golf legend, business mogul and his sport’s greatest ambassador—we all love Jack.”
Nicklaus was the only golfer to make the list and as a result it has been quite the 2015 for The Golden Bear. Back in March, Nicklaus the Congressional Gold Medal. When he did that he joined the likes of George Washington, Martin Luther King, the Wright Brothers, Robert Frost, Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, Gerald and Betty Ford, and Neil Armstrong.
Bill Gates recieved the top spot on the list. Others that were included were Oprah Winfrey, Jeb Bush, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Madonna, Bill Nye, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Tom Ford, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brad Pitt, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, and Tom Hanks.