Jack Nicklaus declares his vote for President Donald Trump

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Jack Nicklaus announces his vote for President Donald Trump

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus told the world on Wednesday who he had elected in this year's US presidential election: incumbent Donald Trump.

Nicklaus tweeted that Trump "has kept his promises" and "will bring the American dream to many families across the country who are still trying to achieve it."

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The 80-year-old Golden Bear said he was ready to look beyond Trump's Twitter habits – he said he personally reprimanded Trump for this – and instead focus on politics.

"This is not a personality contest," wrote Nicklaus. "It's about patriotism, politics and the people who influence them."

He also encouraged people to vote. Election day is November 3rd, but for weeks there have been early votes across the country.

Golf enthusiast Trump quickly quoted Nicklaus' recommendation and pinned it to the top of his Twitter feed.

Nicklaus is from Ohio, a state that Trump won in the 2016 election. Former President Barack Obama carried the state for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. The latest survey average from Real Clear Politics shows that Trump is in a close race with former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic candidate, in Buckeye state stands.

Nicklaus was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil honor in the country, by George W. Bush in 2005. His 18 major championships remain a record, three ahead of Tiger Woods, who received a Medal of Freedom from Trump last year.