Nicklaus ’86 Masters Dramatic Win Celebrated in Artistic Tribute
Story published at 14:48, Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Thirty years ago, Jack Nicklaus won the last of his record-setting 18 professional major championship titles at the 1986 Masters. A storied career was punctuated by a riveting and memorable final round that’s been called one of the legendary performances in sport. The 46-year-old Nicklaus fashioned a magical six-under-par 30 on the back nine to shoot 65 on his way to earning a record sixth Green Jacket. To this day, Nicklaus remains the oldest winner of the Masters and he also owns or is tied for some 35 Masters records.
World-renowned golf artist Walt Spitzmiller captures on canvas Nicklaus’ dramatic birdie putt on the 16th hole in his extraordinary collection of 18 paintings simply entitled Jack’s Majors. Each painting in the landmark series brings to life a special moment from the “Golden Bear’s” unmatched legacy. Spitzmiller spent eight years painting what he believes is golf’s greatest achievement of the modern era: Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championship titles.
About the eloquent 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.”
Collectors and fans of Nicklaus can purchase Jack’s Majors in an exquisite and limited edition Portfolio book. Only 100 museum-quality volumes numbered and signed by Jack Nicklaus and the artist are 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