With the Masters recently behind us and the U.S. Open coming soon, it seems an ideal time to acknowledge the greatest of all time in the game of golf. A few years back I was certain that Tiger Woods would be the name inserted here. But with his father’s passing, his marital woes, and the multiple injuries he has suffered, the Tiger Express has been, at least for now, derailed. That’s not to say it can’t ever get back on track. If anyone could recover and return to greatness, my money would be on him. But until such time, the greatest golfer of all time was and still is Jack Nicklaus. Tiger himself has repeatedly proclaimed over the years that winning majors was what mattered most. Nobody has won more, or performed better in the, majors than Jack Nicklaus. Not only are his 18 major wins the most ever, but Jack also achieved an unprecedented 19 second place finishes as well. In addition, he achieved 46 top 3’s, 56 top 5’s, 73 top 10’s, and 95 top 25’s. He also achieved 2 major wins in the same year 5 times, at least 1 major in 4 consecutive years, and top 5 in all 4 majors in the same year twice. From the 1957 U.S. Open to the 1998 U.S. Open, the “Golden Bear” played in 154 consecutive majors for which he was eligible. As far as his performances in each individual major, Jack has the most Masters wins 6, and is tied for the most U.S Open wins, 4, as well as the most PGA Championship wins, 5. And while “only” winning 3 British Opens, he finished in second place in the oldest major 7 times. ┬áBefore turning pro, he was the low amateur in the 1960 Masters and in the ’60 and ’61 U.S. Opens. Nicklaus also won 8 Senior Tour majors over a 7 year period. As they say, the numbers don’t lie. This is why Jack Nicklaus is the greatest golfer of all time.