Mixed emotions and considerable thoughts - Legend Jack Nicklaus shares letter about turning pro

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To fans the world over, the thought of golf without Jack Nicklaus is an inconceivable one.

And yet, the man known fondly as 'The Golden Bear' openly admitted his decision to join the professional ranks was one taken with "mixed emotions and considerable thought".

No player in history can boast more than the 18 majors won by Nicklaus, who incredibly was also a runner-up in golf's most prestigious tournaments on 19 occasions.

It has been 56 years to the day since Nicklaus made the step up from the amateur ranks, and to mark the occasion he revealed the letter, addressed to then USGA Executive Director Joseph Day Jr, that started it all via a Twitter post that also had the caption: "One of the toughest decisions I had to make as a young man was turning pro 56 years ago. Looking back, I can't imagine it any other way."

In the letter, there is a note of regret from Nicklaus that he is unable to defend his U.S. Amateur Title in 1962, but later that year won the first major of his record-breaking career at the U.S. Open.

Turns out it wasn't a bad decision from the legendary American!