Nicklaus Majors Art Marks 10th Anniversary of Open Farewell

Jack Nicklaus’ Open Victories at St. Andrews Celebrated in “Jack’s Majors” Fine Art Collection

2015 Marks 10th Anniversary of Nicklaus’ Open Farewell at the Old Course

Jack Nicklaus won the second of his three British Open titles in 1970 at St. Andrews in Scotland, 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 giclee art prints (18” x 24”), along with accompanying text that recounts the highlights of each tournament victory. For more information visit www.waltspitzmiller.com.

About Walt Spitzmiller

Walt Spitzmiller is one of the world’s foremost sporting artists who specializes in golf. His work is widely held by private and corporate collectors, including many golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino, as well as the PGA TOUR. His iconic golf art captures the spirit of the game, its famous players and early legends, its fields of play and historic moments.

Walt’s golf art has been showcased by the USGA, marking only the third time in the association’s history that an individual artist was featured at Golf House. The PGA TOUR has commissioned him to create original paintings of recipients of their Lifetime Achievement Award, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and President George H.W. Bush. The TOUR also had Walt paint the members and two captains of the 2009 Presidents Cup teams.

For many years, Walt’s art regularly illustrated stories in Sports Illustrated and GOLF Magazine, and he was the chief contributing artist to Senior Golfer Magazine, as well as a special contributor to Outdoor Life magazine. Additionally, Walt’s art may be found in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Baseball Hall of Fame, The Smithsonian Institute, The American Museum of Illustration and the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Walt resides in Bonita Springs, Florida. Visit www.waltspitzmiller.com.

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