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Olympic will be survival of the fittest

Updated: June 14, 2012, 8:59 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- The USGA elders made a fuss over Jack Nicklaus on Wednesday, marking the 50th anniversary of his first U.S. Open title by dedicating its gold medal in his name, and yet nothing they could do or say in their ceremony altered this cold, hard truth:

Golf conquered Nicklaus, not the other way around. The Golden Bear won 18 Grand Slam tournaments and yet finished second in majors 19 times. So yes, even when it came to the greatest champion of all, golf had the last laugh.

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