Jack Nicklaus, one of the most dominant forces in golf over the second half of the 20th century, has been named the recipient of the 2000 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
The 60-year-old Nicklaus will receive the award on Wednesday, August 16, at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
PGA of America President Will Mann said:
"The name Jack Nicklaus is synonymous with golf; as a player, course designer, a family man and humanitarian, Jack Nicklaus is a legend and most deserving of the PGA Distinguished Service Award."
Nicklaus has won 70 official PGA Tour titles including 18 professional major championships. He has won six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and two U.S. Amateur Championships.
"To say the least, I am very proud and honoured to receive the PGA of America's Distinguished Service Award, and to be in the company of such great past recipients," Nicklaus said. "I suppose with this recognition, the PGA of America is saying thank you for the part I played in helping grow a game for which I have a great passion and respect. I am very honoured and flattered by that."
It is expected that Nicklaus will be at The Open Championship at St Andrews to say his farewell to golf in a past Open Champions Tournament preceding the 'big one'.