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2012 U.S. Open Golf: USGA Announces Open Medal To Be Named After Jack Nicklaus

On Wednesday afternoon, the USGA announced that the medal awarded to the winner of the U.S. Open will now be known as the "Jack Nicklaus Medal." This will be the first time since the tournament's inception in 1895 that the coin will bear a name.

Via SB Nation's Emily Kay:

"For more than six decades Jack Nicklaus has been one of golf's greatest ambassadors, embodying golf's timeless values and acting as a role model for generations of golfers and fans," USGA president Glen Nager said during a ceremony celebrating Nicklaus‘ first U.S. Open victory, a 1962 playoff victory over Arnold Palmer. "He's the quintessential U.S. Open champion."

In addition, the USGA also added a "Jack Nickalus Room" to it's museum, which is an honor bestowed upon legends such as Arnold Palmer, Bob Jones and Mickey Wright. Once the room is complete it will house artifacts from Nickalus' esteemed career.

"Kind of neat, isn't it?" Nicklaus responded to the hoopla surrounding his legendary accomplishments. "Take an old guy and honor him. I think that's pretty nice."

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