Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus A decade-and-a-half after he bade farewell to major championship golf, at the age of 65, having missed the cut in the Open Championship on the Old Course at the spiritual home of golf, St. Andrews, in 2005, Jack Nicklaus remains the most successful major winner of all time. Although well past his prime, Nicklaus received a ten-minute standing ovation from the crowd, in recognition of his long, illustrious career, as he paused on the iconic Swilcan Bridge on the eighteenth fairway at St. Andrews.

All told, Nicklaus won 117 professional tournaments, including the Masters Tournament six times, the PGA Championship five times, the US Open four times and the Open Championship three times. His career total of 18 major championship victories is three ahead of his nearest rival, Tiger Woods, and seven ahead of anyone else in the history of professional golf.

Born in Columbus, Ohio on January 21, 1940, Nicklaus started playing golf at the age of ten and was US Amateur Champion twice, in 1959 and 1961, before announcing that he was turning professional. The following year he won his first major professional title, the US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he defeated Arnold Palmer in an eighteen-hole playoff. Nicklaus’ nickname, ‘Golden Bear’, derived from his blonde locks and thickset frame, was apparently coined by Australian journalist Don Lawrence during the 1967 US Open.

By that stage of his career, Nicklaus had already become the youngest player to win all four major championships, couresty of a one-shot victory over Doug Sanders in the Open Championship at Muirfield in 1966, at the age of 26. Two decades later, at the age of 46, he won his final major championship, playing the back nine at Augusta in six-under-par, despite a bogey on the par-three twelfth hole, to win the 1986 Masters Tournament by a single shot; Nicklaus remains the oldest Masters winner in history.

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Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu Jonah Lomu, who died unexpectedly in November, 2015, at the age of just 40, after suffering a heart attack, was hailed as the first international superstar in rugby union. Lomu suffered from a rare kidney condition, known as nephrotic syndrome, which hampered his playing career and, ultimately, contributed to his death.

Lomu made his international debut, playing one the wing, for New Zealand against France at Lancaster Park, Christchurch on June 26, 1994, less than two months after his nineteenth birthday; in so doing, he became the youngest player ever to play for his country, beating the previous record set by inside centre Edward Wrigley in 1905. However, it was at the Rugby World Cup, hosted by South Africa, the following year that Lomu rose to prominence.

Standing 6’5″ tall and weighing in at 18 stone or more, Lomu was well-built, muscular and blessed with exceptional speed and nigh on unstoppable in full flight. He was particularly devastating in the semi-final against England in Cape Town, scoring four tries in a 45-29 victory, which led opposing captain Will Carling to call him ‘a freak’. New Zealand eventually lost the final 15-12 to the hosts at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, but Lomu was nonetheless named as ‘Player of the Tournament’.

At the 1999 Rugby World Cup, principally hosted by Wales, he scored eight tries to break the record for the most tries in a single tournament. All told, his 63 international caps yielded 37 tries, 15 of which came at the Rugby World Cup, making Lomu the joint-highest try scorer, alongside South African wing Brian Habana, in the history of the tournament.

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