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Jack Nicklaus Museum Opens Doors

May 21, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The Jack Nicklaus Museum wasn’t even open yet and its namesake was pleased. He was able to find a place for his tons of memorabilia without having a garage sale.

Asked how many of the remnants of his career have been donated to the museum, set to open Tuesday, Nicklaus smiled and said, ``Oh, essentially 90 percent at this point. I’ve probably got 10 percent in volume at home _ junk. But anything of any significance is there.″

Nicklaus’ career, his family and the history of golf are detailed in the 24,000-square-foot brick building. The $14-million museum is located on the Ohio State campus. It sits a few miles from Nicklaus’ boyhood home in Upper Arlington and not far from where he played his college golf at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

``I can’t think of a better place for it than where I came from, where my roots are and the school I went to,″ Nicklaus said Friday.

Nicklaus is the host, course designer and two-time champion of the Memorial Tournament, which tees off Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The museum’s grand opening is being held in conjunction with the tournament.

A tour of the museum opens in the foyer, with visitors greeted by a large bronze statue of the Golden Bear. His career is broken down by decade, with hundreds of family photos and displays.

There are interactive displays, rooms devoted to Nicklaus’ long list of victories and his course-design business, and trophies, medallions, clubs, bags, scorecards, scrapbooks and books spread throughout the display cases.

The museum was built with private donations, and Ohio State offered a long-term lease on the land.

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On the Net:

Jack Nicklaus Museum Web site: http://www.nicklausmuseum.org

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