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March 11, 2013
Nicklaus-designed Australian Golf Club to host 2014 Australian Open
The club first hosted the Australian Open in 1904, and Nicklaus was asked to redesign the venerable layout in 1977—the year before his final Australian Open victory. The Australian Open was last played there in 2007, when it was won by Craig Parry.
Nicklaus, who won at The Australian in 1975, '76 and '78, to go with his Australian Open victories in 1964, '68, and '71.
Nicklaus' sixth and final Australian Open title was not without a struggle. The Golden Bear battled a 1,358-pound black marlin in a six-hour, 25-minute struggle off the Great Barrier Reef right before the 1978 event. Catching the giant took its toll on the sportsman's body, affecting his arms, back and knees. He remembers topping his first tee shot. Ultimately, Nicklaus beat Ben Crenshaw by six shots for his sixth Australian Open victory.
This December's Australian Open will be played for the fourth consecutive year at The Lakes, also in Sydney. Peter Senior is the defending champion.
The Golden Bear has left his paw print on the country, with three golf courses in Australia. The others are Heritage Golf and Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Melbourne, Victoria; and Lakelands Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Robina, Queensland.