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Nicklaus to be awarded Congressional Gold

Not only the darling of golf, the Golden Bear is about to get that little more golden, with the news that the House of Representatives has voted to grant the Congressional Gold Medal on golfing great Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus was praised for his golfing achievements, including his long-standing record of 18 major championships, and a plethora of humanitarian work.

Most known for his philanthropy with the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, Nicklaus has also raised more than $12 million to support pediatric health services.

The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to prominent military leaders, public servants, athletes and artists. It was last given in 2010 to Japanese-American World War II veterans.

However Arnold Palmer, Nicklaus' great rival, managed to pip him to this one, having  received the award in 2009.

The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote.

While Nicklaus was known for his memorable shots, he reckons Bubba Watson's hooked wedge shot from the trees right of the 10th fairway in a playoff at this year's Masters ranks up there with the greatest shots of all time.

Watson's dramatic shot landed on the green and spun within range of an easy two-putt par that gave him his first major championship, defeating Louis Oosthuizen.

Nicklaus said it was difficult to even conceive of the difficulty of that wedge shot.

"I'd never been where he was," he joked.

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