It was one of the most touching, if not signature moments, in Jack Nicklaus’s remarkable career.
Son Gary ran on to the 18th green, jumped into his father’s arms, and was carried off by the Golden Bear after the second round of the 1973 PGA Championship at Canterbury Golf Club.
Nicklaus went on to cap his 14th major championship and cement his legacy as a champion who balanced with skill his family and a legendary career.
In a historical twist, Nicklaus’s victory at Canterbury was a four-stroke triumph over Bruce Crampton.
The Golden Bear’s lone victory in Senior PGA Championship history came in 1991 at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Nicklaus defeated Crampton by six strokes. It was the fifth time that Crampton had finished as the runner-up in a major championship – each time to Nicklaus.