Jack Nicklaus won the second of his three Open titles in 1970 at St. Andrews, site of this week’s Championship. This Open win was Nicklaus’ eighth in his eventual record-setting string of 18 major championship victories.
In 1978, golf’s “Golden Bear” captured his last Claret Jug, which again was contested at St. Andrews. And then in 2005, the golfing world witnessed Nicklaus’ emotional Open farewell as he sunk a final birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Old Course.
World-renowned golf artist Walt Spitzmiller vividly captures Nicklaus’ memorable three Open wins as part of an extraordinary collection of 18 paintings simply entitled Jack’s Majors. This unprecedented artistic tribute memorializes a special moment from what Spitzmiller believes is golf’s greatest achievement of the modern era. The artist spent eight years painting Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championship titles, and each work brings to life a scene from the “Golden Bear’s” unmatched legacy.
Spitzmiller’s 1978 Open painting of Nicklaus executing a shot in his vibrant blue argyle sweater captures the champion’s intense focus and determination as he expertly navigated the venerable Old Course to secure his last win at St. Andrews.
About this artistic tribute, Nicklaus said: “I have always respected Walt’s work and how he interprets a scene and a moment in history. Walt dedicated himself to the challenge of putting on canvas the story of my 18 majors. It took me 25 years to win them, and it took Walt eight years to paint them. I hope he can reflect on his body of work with pride, because he should.”
In addition to the opportunity to purchase one or more paintings in the collection, Jack’s Majors is also 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 giclée art prints (18” x 24”), along with accompanying text that recounts the highlights of each tournament victory. For more information visit www.waltspitzmiller.com.
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