Golf: Long Live the King!

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The first year Jack Nicklaus decided that playing golf was a nicer way to make a million than selling insurance, he merely won the U.S. Open (TIME cover, June 29, 1962), two other tournaments, and pocketed $61,869 in official earnings. That year Arnold Palmer, golf's reigning king, won eight tournaments and took home $81,448. In his sophomore year, Nicklaus won five tournaments and $100,040. Palmer was still king with seven victories and $128,230. After that, it was goodbye Arnie. In his junior year, Nicklaus won four tournaments to Palmer's two and collected a nifty $113,284 to edge Palmer by...

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