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Jack Nicklaus' Ryder Cup career in photos

Here is a photographic look at Jack Nicklaus' Ryder Cup career. The Golden Bear was a stellar 16-8-3 as a player on six Ryder Cup teams: 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, and 1981. He captained the US team to victory in 1983. His 1987 team fell to the Europeans, led by Tony Jacklin, 15-13

1969 Ryder Cup

(From left) Tony Jacklin, Neil Cole, Dan Sikes and Jack Nicklaus during the 18th Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 1969. The conceded putt between Nicklaus and Jacklin (below)later became one of the most notable events in the event's history.

Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin walk off the green after Nicklaus conceded a 2-foot putt.

1971 Ryder Cup

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer play the 1971 Ryder Cup. They defeated Peter Townsend and Harry Bannerman, 1-up, in afternoon four-ball.

1973 Ryder Cup

The 1973 American Ryder Cup team.

1975 Ryder Cup

Jack was part of the 1975 team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 21-11.

1977 Ryder Cup

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson defeated Tommy Horton and Mark James, 5&4, in the 1977 Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham.

1981 Ryder Cup

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson walk the fairway at The Walton Heath Golf Club in 1981. Nicklaus (4-0 overall that year) and Watson were undefeated as partners in 1981.

1981 Ryder Cup

The 1981 U.S. team and their caddies (from left) Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Jerry Pate, Captain Dave Marr, Bill Rogers, Tom Kite, Lee Trevino, Bruce Lietzke, Raymond Floyd and Larry Nelson.

1983 Ryder Cup

The victorious 1983 American Ryder Cup team at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Back, from left: Craig Stadler, Jay Haas, Gil Morgan, Bob Gilder, Captain Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Curtis Strange and Fuzzy Zoeller. Front: Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Calvin Peete and Lanny Wadkins.

1987 Ryder Cup

Jack and Barbara Nicklaus at the 1987 Ryder Cup. 

Captains Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin led their teams at Muirfield. 

2016 Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus gathered for the opening ceremonies at Hazeltine in 2016.