Not-so-Golden Bear: Jack Nicklaus’ First Pro Check Was For a Cool $33.33
This Instagram photo is of the first-ever check Jack Nicklaus earned as a professional golfer, which he pocketed after finishing in a three-way tie for 50th at the 1962 Los Angeles Open in west LA.
Nicklaus tied with Billy Maxwell and Don Massengale, according to the Golf Historical Society, which also includes the historical factoid that the clubhouse at the Rancho Park golf course was open to the public during the tournament. The Society has Phil Rodgers winning the tournament with a 67-71-68-62 — 268, well in front of Jack’s 74-70-72-73 — 289.
The Golden Bear’s check would be worth about $250 in today’s dollars. For his career, he made an amazing 506 cuts in 595 events to compile $5,734,322 in career earnings.