Robert Herman “Bobby” Nichols is a professional American golfer. He was born on April 14, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky. He studied in St. Xavier High School in Louisville, and then went to attend Texas A&M University.
When he was still in high school, Nichols and his friends met an automobile accident while on a joy ride. He suffered some serious injuries that included back and internal injuries, a broken pelvis, and concussion, from the accident. He was then hospitalized for 96 days and his legs were paralyzed for a couple of weeks. However, thanks to good physical therapy, Nichols was able to regain the use of his legs.
Nichols made his debut on the PGA Tour in 1960. Since then, he has made won numerous tournaments, and was a part of the Ryder Cup team in 1967. While playing in the Western Open in 1975, Nichols, Lee Trevino, and Jerry Heard got struck by lightning. Thankfully, the three men managed to recover from the experience.
During the PGA Championship in 1964, Nichols was able to defeat Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer by 3 shots, making a total of 271 in 4 days. This set a record low which stood for at a good 30 years, until Nick Price took over in 1994.
When Nichols turned 50, he made a transition into the Senior PGA tour or the Champions Tour. Although he still manages to perform well, he has only managed to secure one victory in the said Tour.
Over the course of his professional career, Nichols has won eleven wins on the PGA Tour, one win on other tournaments, and another win on the Senior PGA Tour. Of his PGA Tour wins, he has won one Major Championship to his name.