Sport: Along Came a Walrus

Amidst golfs lean towheads, a fat man can look good

Jack Nicklaus was not the first to discover that nobody loves a fat man, but he made characteristic use of the information. Nicklaus slimmed himself into a model for a line of clothes and a mold for a line of golfers: towheads shaped like one-irons. The definition of an avid golf fan now is anyone who can tell Johnny Miller from John Mahaffey from Ben Crenshaw from Bill Rogers from Jerry Pate.

In his "Fat Jack" period of the early '60s, Nicklaus had the bad form...

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