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1987: Team Captains Tony Jacklin (left) of England and Jack Nicklaus (right) of the USA hold the trophy before the Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village in Ohio, USA. Europe won the event with a score of 15-13. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport
The House has voted to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on golfing great Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus was cited for his golfing achievements, including a record 18 major championships, and his humanitarian work. Nicklaus heads the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and has 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. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., sponsored the bill. Nicklaus golfing contemporary Arnold Palmer received the award in 2009. The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote.
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