Height: 6 ft, 2 in
Weight: 190 lbs
Birthday: April 14, 1936
College: Texas A&M University
Year turned pro: 1960
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Nichols was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was lucky to survive an automobile accident that took place during his teenage years, the result of a high speed joyriding incident. Although he survived the crash Nichols was left with several serious injuries, including a broken pelvis and concussion. He eventually recovered, and was not hampered in his interest for golf, which he showed by playing on the golf team while studying at Texas A&M University.
Nichols began his PGA Tour career after turning professional in 1960. During his time playing on the Tour he achieved victory on twelve occasions. Two of these victories occurred in 1974, which was his most successful year on the Tour, as he earned a total of $124,747 and finished in fourteenth place on the money list. The following year, Nichols was one of three players, the others being Lee Trevino and Jerry Heard, who were struck by lightning while playing at the Western Open.
One of the biggest successes of Nichols’ career was his win at the 1964 PGA Championship which he won with a total of 271. This was a low score record which stood for the next thirty years. In 1986 Nichols began his time playing on what was then the Senior PGA Tour, and what is now the Champions Tour. On a number of occasions he has finished in the top ten on this tour, but he has only achieved one win, at the Southwestern Bell Classic in 1989.
As of the end of 2014, Nichols had achieved twelve wins on the PGA Tour, amassing prize money of $955,090.