The USGA Museum in Bernards Township is adding 1,000 square feet to its historic museum building — with a goal of finishing the addition by 2015 — to create the Jack Nicklaus Room to celebrate a career that includes two U.S. Amateur titles, the four U.S. Opens and two U.S. Senior Opens.
Nicklaus joins Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Mickey Wright as players with their own room at the USGA Museum at its headquarters at 77 Liberty Corner Road in Bernards Township, the USGA announced this week.
"One of the core missions of the USGA is to preserve the history of the great game," USGA President Glen Nager said in the announcement. "And in our instance, although it's an ongoing story, there was a missing chapter in the USGA chronicling of that history, which was honoring the greatest golfer of all time.
Nicklaus has his own museum in Columbus, Ohio, and will be sharing and giving some of the artifacts to the USGA, according to information from the USGA.
The expansion projection is expected to begin next summer and be ready in the spring of 2015, the announcement said. The room will look at Nicklaus' U.S. Open wins in 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980, along with his two U.S. Amateur titles and other USGA events.
Nicklaus owns 18 major professional titles. He is best known for his six green jackets from the Masters, and he won five PGA Championships. Often overlooked is the history he has with the USGA and its championships — from the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur, the Walker Cup he played in Scotland, and even the U.S. Junior Amateur that he never won.