List of career achievements by Jack Nicklaus

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This page details statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to Jack Nicklaus.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (18)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1962 U.S. Open 2 shot deficit −1 (72-70-72-69=283) Playoff 1 United States Arnold Palmer
1963 Masters Tournament 1 shot lead −2 (74-66-74-72=286) 1 stroke United States Tony Lema
1963 PGA Championship 3 shot deficit −5 (69-73-69-68=279) 2 strokes United States Dave Ragan
1965 Masters Tournament (2) 5 shot lead −17 (67-71-64-69=271) 9 strokes United States Arnold Palmer, South Africa Gary Player
1966 Masters Tournament (3) Tied for lead E (68-76-72-72=288) Playoff 2 United States Gay Brewer, United States Tommy Jacobs
1966 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit −2 (70-67-75-70=282) 1 stroke United States Doug Sanders, Wales Dave Thomas
1967 U.S. Open (2) 1 shot deficit −5 (71-67-72-65=275) 4 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
1970 The Open Championship (2) 2 shot deficit −5 (68-69-73-73=283) Playoff 3 United States Doug Sanders
1971 PGA Championship (2) 4 shot lead −7 (69-69-70-73=281) 2 strokes United States Billy Casper
1972 Masters Tournament (4) 1 shot lead −2 (68-71-73-74=286) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton, United States Bobby Mitchell,
United States Tom Weiskopf
1972 U.S. Open (3) 1 shot lead +2 (71-73-72-74=290) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
1973 PGA Championship (3) 1 shot lead −7 (72-68-68-69=277) 4 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
1975 Masters Tournament (5) 1 shot deficit −12 (68-67-73-68=276) 1 stroke United States Tom Weiskopf, United States Johnny Miller
1975 PGA Championship (4) 4 shot lead −4 (70-68-67-71=276) 2 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
1978 The Open Championship (3) 1 shot deficit −7 (71-72-69-69=281) 2 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw, United States Raymond Floyd,
United States Tom Kite, New Zealand Simon Owen
1980 U.S. Open (4) Tied for lead −8 (63-71-70-68=272) 2 strokes Japan Isao Aoki
1980 PGA Championship (5) 3 shot lead −6 (70-69-66-69=274) 7 strokes United States Andy Bean
1986 Masters Tournament (6) 4 shot deficit −9 (74-71-69-65=279) 1 stroke United States Tom Kite, Australia Greg Norman

1 Defeated Arnold Palmer in 18-hole playoff – Nicklaus (71), Palmer (74)
2 Defeated Tommy Jacobs and Gay Brewer in 18-hole playoff – Nicklaus (70), Jacobs (72), Brewer (78)
3 Defeated Doug Sanders in 18-hole playoff – Nicklaus (72), Sanders (73)

Records and trivia[edit]

  • In a span of 25 years, from 1962 (age 22) to 1986 (age 46), Nicklaus won 18 professional major championships. This is the most any player has won in his career.
  • Nicklaus held sole possession of the lead after 54 holes of a major championship on eight occasions and won each in regulation.
  • Nicklaus won 10 of 12 major championships when having the lead outright or tied for the lead after 54 holes and won eight times when trailing after 54 holes.
  • In the above-referenced 20 major championships where Nicklaus either won (18) or finished in second place (2), he was a combined 30 strokes under par in final round scoring.
  • In 18 professional major championship victories, Nicklaus shot 56 rounds at even par or below.
  • Nicklaus won two major championships in a season on five occasions (1963, 1966, 1972, 1975, and 1980).
  • Nicklaus won at least one major championship in four consecutive years (1970–1973).
  • Nicklaus is one of five players (along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Tiger Woods) to have won all four professional major championships in his career, known as the Career Grand Slam, and the second-youngest to do so in his fifth year as a professional at age 26 (Tiger Woods, fourth year at age 24).
  • At age 33 in 1973, Nicklaus broke Bobby Jones' record of 13 major championships (old configuration) and Walter Hagen's record of 11 professional major championships by winning his third PGA Championship; 14th and 12th win, respectively.
  • One of two players to achieve a "triple career slam" i.e. winning all four major championships three times in a career, the other being Tiger Woods.
  • Nicklaus made 39 consecutive cuts in major championships starting at the 1969 Masters and ending by being cut at the 1978 PGA Championship. In this span he won eight times, was runner-up seven times, and had 33 top-10 finishes. This record of consecutive cuts made in major championships was equaled by Tiger Woods at the 2006 Masters.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most runner-up finishes in majors with 19.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-five finishes in major championships with 56.
  • One of two players to finish in the top five in all four professional major championships in two different years (1971 and 1973), the other being Tiger Woods (2000 and 2005). Both players finished in the top four in all four majors once (1973 and 2005, respectively). However, It should be noted that Bobby Jones won the "Grand Slam" under the old configuration in 1930 and Ben Hogan won all three of the majors he was able to play in 1953.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-10 finishes in major championships with 73. This is 25 and 27 more than the next players Sam Snead (48) and Tom Watson (46), respectively.
  • Nicklaus finished in the top-10 in his final three professional major championships as an amateur (second in the 1960 U.S. Open, seventh in the 1961 Masters, and fourth in the 1961 U.S. Open).
  • Nicklaus was the first player to break 270 for four rounds in a major championship.
  • Nicklaus played 154 consecutive majors for which he was eligible, from the 1957 U.S. Open through the 1998 U.S. Open.

Masters Tournament[edit]

  • Nicklaus holds the record for most wins with six which is two more than Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods.
  • Nicklaus shot 17-under par 271 in 1965 for a 72-hole record lasting 32 years until Tiger Woods shot 18-under par 270 in 1997.
  • Nicklaus shot individual rounds of 67 or better a total of 14 times which equates to a combined 80-under par.
  • Nicklaus was the first champion to successfully defend the title having done so in 1966.
  • Nicklaus won this event three times in his first five attempts as a professional.
  • Nicklaus is the youngest two-time champion of this event.
  • Nicklaus is the youngest three-time champion of this event.
  • Nicklaus is the oldest winner of the Masters at 46 years and 82 days when he won in 1986.
  • Nicklaus was a wire-to-wire winner in 1972.
  • Nicklaus was runner-up a record four times.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-five finishes with 15.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-10 finishes with 22.
  • In the decade of the 1970s, Nicklaus finished in the top 10 at Augusta every year with eight top-four finishes.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for the lowest 72-hole score for a player over 50 having shot a 5-under par 283 in 1998 at age 58.
  • Nicklaus was the oldest first-round leader (co-led with four others) shooting 67 in 1993 at age 53.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for lowest scoring average of players with over 100 rounds at 71.98 for 163 rounds.
  • Nicklaus competed in this event 45 times.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most cuts made with 37.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most birdies with 506.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most eagles with 24.
  • For 34 consecutive years (1960 through 1993), Nicklaus missed just one 36-hole cut (1967).

U.S. Open[edit]

  • Nicklaus holds the record with Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan for most wins at the U.S Open with four.
  • Nicklaus is the only player to win the title in three different decades with his first in 1962 and fourth in 1980.
  • Nicklaus is the youngest champion of this event in the modern era having won in 1962 at age 22. This has since been beaten by Rory McIlroy in 2011.
  • Nicklaus held until 2011 the record for lowest score for 72 holes (272) with Lee Janzen (67-67-69-69) in 1993, Tiger Woods (65-69-71-67) in 2000, and Jim Furyk (67-66-67-72) in 2003. Nicklaus shot 63-71-70-68 in 1980.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for lowest score for 18 holes (63) with Johnny Miller (fourth round) in 1973; Tom Weiskopf, (first round) in 1980 and Vijay Singh (second round) in 2003. Nicklaus shot a 63 in the first round in 1980.
  • Nicklaus was a wire-to-wire winner in 1972 and 1980.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for lowest 72-hole score shot by an amateur at two-under par 282 in 1960. While he finished second to Arnold Palmer by two shots, Nicklaus was the only player in the field not to have one round above the par of 71.
  • Nicklaus tied for fourth in 1961 having played the final 54 holes in one-under par and capturing Low Amateur honors for the second consecutive year.
  • Nicklaus had four runner-up finishes.
  • Nicklaus had a record 11 top-five finishes.
  • Nicklaus had a record 18 top-10 finishes.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most rounds in the 60s at 29.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most sub-par rounds at 37.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most sub-par championships (72 holes) completed at seven.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for the most consecutive tournaments started with 44 (1957–2000).
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most cuts made at 35.
  • Nicklaus made 21 consecutive cuts from 1964 through 1984.
  • Nicklaus made a record five consecutive birdies in the final round of the 1982 U.S. Open.

The Open Championship[edit]

  • Nicklaus won this event three times.
  • Nicklaus was runner-up a record seven times.
  • Nicklaus had a record 11 straight top-five finishes from 1970 to 1980.
  • Nicklaus had a record 16 top-five finishes.
  • Nicklaus had a record 15 straight top-10 finishes from 1966 to 1980.
  • Nicklaus had a record 18 top-10 finishes.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most rounds in the 60s at 33.
  • Nicklaus never finished worse than sixth from 1966 to 1980.
  • Nicklaus was the first player to break 270 for four rounds having done so in 1977.
  • Nicklaus made the cut in 32 out of 38 appearances including 23 consecutively from 1962 through 1984.

PGA Championship[edit]

  • Nicklaus holds the record with Walter Hagen for most wins at the PGA Championship with 5.
  • Nicklaus was a wire-to-wire winner in 1971.
  • Nicklaus was runner-up four times.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-three finishes with 12.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-five finishes with 14.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-10 finishes with 15.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most top-25 finishes with 23.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most rounds in the 60s at 41.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for lowest scoring average of players with over 75 rounds at 71.37 for 128 rounds.
  • Nicklaus holds the record for most cuts made at 27 (with Raymond Floyd).
  • Nicklaus competed in this event 37 times which is second only to Sam Snead's record of 38.
  • Nicklaus held the record for the greatest winning margin in the strokeplay era from 1980 to 2012. He won by 7 strokes in 1980; Rory McIlroy won by 8 strokes in 2012.

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open CUT T41 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T13 LA T7 T15 1 T2 1 1 CUT T5 T24
U.S. Open 2 LA T4 LA 1 CUT T23 T31 3 1 2 T25
The Open Championship DNP DNP T32 3 2 T12 1 2 T2 T6
PGA Championship DNP DNP T3 1 T2 T2 T22 T3 CUT T11
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament 8 T2 1 T3 T4 1 T3 2 7 4
U.S. Open T49 2 1 T4 T10 T7 T11 T10 T6 T9
The Open Championship 1 T5 2 4 3 T3 T2 2 1 T2
PGA Championship T6 1 T13 1 2 1 T4 3 CUT T65
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T33 T2 T15 WD T18 T6 1 T7 T21 18
U.S. Open 1 T6 2 T43 T21 CUT T8 T46 CUT T43
The Open Championship T4 T23 T10 T29 T31 CUT T46 T72 T25 T30
PGA Championship 1 T4 T16 2 T25 T32 T16 T24 CUT T27
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament 6 T35 T42 T27 CUT T35 T41 T39 T6 DNP
U.S. Open T33 T46 CUT T72 T28 CUT T27 T52 T43 CUT
The Open Championship T63 T44 CUT CUT CUT T79 T45 60 DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT T23 CUT CUT CUT T67 CUT CUT DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Masters Tournament T54 CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew due to injury
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary of performances[edit]

  • Starts – 163
  • Wins – 18
  • Second place finishes – 19
  • Top 3 finishes – 46
  • Top 5 finishes – 56
  • Top 10 finishes – 73
  • Top 25 finishes – 95
  • Longest streak of top-five finishes in majors – 7 (1971 Masters to 1972 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s in majors – 13 (1973 Masters to 1976 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-15 finishes in majors – 33 (1970 Open Championship to 1978 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-25 finishes in majors – 33 (1970 Open Championship to 1978 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak without missing a cut – 39 (1969 Masters to 1978 Open Championship)

Source:[1]

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (8)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1990 The Tradition at Desert Mountain −10 (71-67-68=206) 4 strokes South Africa Gary Player
1990 Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship −27 (65-68-64-64=261) 6 strokes United States Lee Trevino
1991 The Tradition at Desert Mountain (2) −11 (71-73-66-67=277) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert, United States Jim Dent, United States Phil Rodgers
1991 PGA Seniors' Championship −17 (66-66-69-70=271) 6 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
1991 U.S. Senior Open +2 (72-69-70-71=282) Playoff1 United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
1993 U.S. Senior Open (2) −6 (68-73-67-70=278) 1 stroke United States Tom Weiskopf
1995 The Tradition (3) −12 (69-71-69-67=276) Playoff2 Japan Isao Aoki
1996 The Tradition (4) −16 (68-74-65-65=272) 3 strokes United States Hale Irwin

1 In an 18-hole playoff, Nicklaus shot a (65) to Rodríguez's (69).

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Tradition 1 1 2 T9 T4 1 1 T25 T25 DNP
Senior PGA Championship T3 1 T10 T9 9 8 T22 T2 T6 DNP
Senior Players Championship 1 T22 DNP T22 T6 2 T24 T8 6 DNP
U.S. Senior Open T2 1 T3 1 T7 2 16 T5 T13 DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
The Tradition T9 T29 69 T10 DNP
Senior PGA Championship T12 12 WD CUT WD
Senior Players Championship T34 WD DNP T40 DNP
U.S. Senior Open T21 4 DNP T25 DNP
Senior British Open - - - T14 DNP

Note: The Senior British Open was not a Champions Tour event until 2003.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = Missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary of performances[edit]

  • Starts – 50
  • Cuts made – 46 (cut once, withdrew 3 times)
  • Wins – 8
  • Second place finishes – 5
  • Top-three finishes – 15
  • Top-five finishes – 18
  • Top-10 finishes – 30
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 10

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Starts Wins (Majors) 2nd 3rd Earnings ($) Money list rank Scoring average
1962 26 3 (1) 3 4 61,868 3 70.80
1963 25 5 (2) 2 3 100,040 2 70.42
1964 26 4 6 3 113,284 1 69.96
1965 24 5 (1) 4 3 140,752 1 70.09
1966 19 3 (2) 3 3 111,419 2 70.58
1967 23 5 (1) 2 3 188,998 1 70.23
1968 22 2 3 1 155,285 2 69.97
1969 23 3 1 0 140,167 3 71.06
1970 19 3 (1) 3 2 142,149 4 70.75
1971 18 5 (1) 3 3 244,490 1 70.08
1972 19 7 (2) 3 0 320,542 1 70.23
1973 18 7 (1) 1 1 308,362 1 69.81
1974 18 2 3 0 238,178 2 70.06
1975 16 5 (2) 1 3 298,149 1 69.87
1976 16 2 2 1 266,438 1 70.17
1977 18 3 2 1 284,509 2 70.36
1978 15 4 (1) 2 0 256,672 4 71.07
1979 12 0 0 1 59,434 71 72.49
1980 13 2 (2) 1 0 172,386 13 70.86
1981 16 0 3 0 178,213 16 70.70
1982 15 1 3 2 232,645 12 70.90
1983 16 0 3 1 256,158 10 70.88
1984 13 1 2 1 272,595 15 70.75
1985 15 0 2 1 165,456 43 71.81
1986 15 1 (1) 0 0 226,015 34 71.56
1987 11 0 0 0 64,686 127 72.89
1988 9 0 0 0 28,845 177 72.78
1989 10 0 0 0 96,594 129 72.35
1990 9 0 0 0 68,045 160 73.71
1991 8 0 0 0 123,796 122 71.61
1992 8 0 0 0 14,868 223 72.29
1993 10 0 0 0 51,532 182 72.96
1994 8 0 0 0 11,514 248 74.79
1995 10 0 0 0 68,180 179 72.69
1996 7 0 0 0 137,779 208 73.50
1997 7 0 0 0 85,383 174 72.91
1998 5 0 0 0 128,157 172 71.10
1999 2 0 0 0 5,075 T322 73.25
2000 8 0 0 0 17,244 229 73.56
2001 4 0 0 0 0 n/a 73.08
2002 1 0 0 0 8,910 241 75.00
2003 4 0 0 0 0 n/a 75.61
2004 2 0 0 0 11,130 251 74.16
2005 3 0 0 0 0 n/a 75.33
Career 586 73 (18) 58 36 5,734,031 189 71.80
  • Green background for 1st. Yellow background for top-10.
  • All-time money list rank is complete as of February 23, 2011.
  • Nicklaus' position on the all-time money list is misleading, given he is regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. Tournament purses have expanded considerably since his prime. For example, Nicklaus received $144,000 for winning the Masters in 1986 while Zach Johnson received $1,305,000 for winning the Masters in 2007. He led the list through the 1988 season.
  • Despite leading the Tour in scoring average eight times, Nicklaus never won the Vardon Trophy because he often did not play the minimum required number of rounds to qualify for the trophy. Prior to 1988, the minimum number of rounds was 80 vs. 60 today.

Source:[1]

Amateur wins (18)[edit]

Amateur major wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1959 U.S. Amateur 1 up United States Charles Coe
1961 U.S. Amateur 8 & 6 United States Dudley Wysong

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961
U.S. Amateur R256 R64 R32 R128 1 R32 1
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP QF DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Sources:[2][3]

Professional wins (116)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (73)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 17, 1962 U.S. Open −1 (72-70-72-69=283) Playoff United States Arnold Palmer
2 Sep 16, 1962 Seattle World's Fair Open Invitational −15 (67-65-65-68=265) 2 strokes United States Tony Lema
3 Sep 23, 1962 Portland Open Invitational −19 (64-69-67-69=269) 1 stroke United States George Bayer
4 Feb 3, 1963 Palm Springs Golf Classic −13 (69-66-67-71-72=345) Playoff South Africa Gary Player
5 Apr 7, 1963 Masters Tournament −2 (74-66-74-72=286) 1 stroke United States Tony Lema
6 May 5, 1963 Tournament of Champions −15 (64-68-72-69=273) 5 strokes United States Tony Lema, United States Arnold Palmer
7 Jul 21, 1963 PGA Championship −5 (69-73-69-68=279) 2 strokes United States Dave Ragan
8 Oct 20, 1963 Sahara Invitational −12 (75-66-66-69=276) 1 stroke United States Gay Brewer, United States Al Geiberger
9 Feb 9, 1964 Phoenix Open −13 (71-66-68-66=271) 3 strokes United States Bob Brue
10 May 3, 1964 Tournament of Champions −9 (68-73-65-73=279) 2 strokes United States Al Geiberger, United States Doug Sanders
11 Jul 5, 1964 Whitemarsh Open Invitational −12 (69-70-70-67=276) 1 strokes South Africa Gary Player
12 Sep 20, 1964 Portland Open Invitational −13 (68-72-68-67=275) 3 strokes United States Ken Venturi
13 Apr 11, 1965 Masters Tournament −17 (67-71-64-69=271) 9 strokes United States Arnold Palmer, South Africa Gary Player
14 May 23, 1965 Memphis Open Invitational −9 (67-68-71-65=271) Playoff United States Johnny Pott
15 Aug 1, 1965 Thunderbird Classic −18 (67-66-69-68=270) 2 strokes South Africa Gary Player
16 Aug 8, 1965 Philadelphia Golf Classic −11 (71-65-73-68=277) 1 stroke United States Joe Campbell, United States Doug Sanders
17 Sep 19, 1965 Portland Open Invitational −15 (69-68-68-68=273) 3 strokes United States Dave Marr
18 Apr 11, 1966 Masters Tournament Even (68-76-72-72=288) Playoff United States Gay Brewer, United States Tommy Jacobs
19 Jul 9, 1966 The Open Championship −2 (70-67-75-70=282) 1 stroke United States Doug Sanders, Wales Dave Thomas
20 Oct 15, 1966 Sahara Invitational −2 (71-77-68-66=282) 3 strokes United States Miller Barber, United States Arnold Palmer
21 Jan 22, 1967 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am −4 (69-73-74-68=284) 5 strokes United States Billy Casper
22 Jun 18, 1967 U.S. Open −5 (71-67-72-65=275) 4 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
23 Aug 6, 1967 Western Open −10 (72-68-65-69=274) 2 strokes United States Doug Sanders
24 Aug 30, 1967 Westchester Classic −16 (67-69-65-71=272) 1 stroke United States Dan Sikes
25 Oct 29, 1967 Sahara Invitational −14 (68-69-62-71=270) 1 stroke United States Steve Spray
26 Aug 4, 1968 Western Open −11 (65-72-65-71=273) 3 strokes United States Miller Barber
27 Aug 11, 1968 American Golf Classic Even (70-69-72-69=280) Playoff United States Frank Beard, United States Lee Elder
28 Feb 2, 1969 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational −4 (68-72-71-73=284) 1 stroke United States Gene Littler
29 Oct 19, 1969 Sahara Invitational −12 (69-68-70-65=272) 4 strokes United States Frank Beard
30 Nov 2, 1969 Kaiser International Open Invitational −15 (66-67-69-71=273) Playoff United States George Archer, United States Billy Casper,
United States Don January
31 May 3, 1970 Byron Nelson Golf Classic −6 (67-68-68-71=274) Playoff United States Arnold Palmer
32 Jul 12, 1970 The Open Championship −5 (68-69-73-73=283) Playoff United States Doug Sanders
33 Jul 26, 1970 National Four-Ball Championship
PGA Players
(with United States Arnold Palmer)
−25 (61-67-64-67=259) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton & United States Orville Moody,
United States Gardner Dickinson & United States Sam Snead,
United States George Archer & United States Bobby Nichols
34 Feb 28, 1971 PGA Championship −7 (69-69-70-73=281) 2 strokes United States Billy Casper
35 Apr 25, 1971 Tournament of Champions −9 (69-71-69-70=279) 8 strokes Australia Bruce Devlin, South Africa Gary Player,
United States Dave Stockton
36 May 9, 1971 Byron Nelson Golf Classic −6 (69-71-68-66=274) 2 strokes United States Frank Beard, United States Jerry McGee
37 Aug 1, 1971 National Team Championship
(with United States Arnold Palmer)
−27 (62-64-65-66=257) 6 strokes United States Julius Boros & United States Bill Collins,
New Zealand Bob Charles & Australia Bruce Devlin
38 Dec 6, 1971 Walt Disney World Golf Classic −15 (67-68-70-68=273) 3 strokes United States Deane Beman
39 Jan 16, 1972 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am −4 (70-72-72-67=281) Playoff United States Johnny Miller
40 Mar 5, 1972 Doral-Eastern Open −12 (71-71-64-70=276) 2 strokes United States Bob Rosburg, United States Lee Trevino
41 Apr 9, 1972 Masters Tournament −2 (68-71-73-74=286) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton, Bobby Mitchell,
United States Tom Weiskopf
42 Jun 18, 1972 U.S. Open +2 (71-73-72-74=290) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
43 Aug 13, 1972 Westchester Classic −18 (65-67-70-68=270) 3 strokes United States Jim Colbert
44 Aug 27, 1972 U.S. Professional Match Play Championship 2&1 n/a United States Frank Beard
45 Dec 3, 1972 Walt Disney World Golf Classic −21 (68-68-67-64=267) 9 strokes United States Jim Dent, United States Bobby Mitchell,
United States Larry Wood
46 Jan 28, 1973 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am −8 (71-69-71-71=282) Playoff United States Raymond Floyd, United States Orville Moody
47 Mar 25, 1973 Greater New Orleans Open −12 (68-72-71-69=280) Playoff United States Miller Barber
48 Apr 22, 1973 Tournament of Champions −12 (70-70-68-68=276) 1 stroke United States Lee Trevino
49 May 27, 1973 Atlanta Classic −16 (67-66-66-73=272) 2 strokes United States Tom Weiskopf
50 Aug 12, 1973 PGA Championship −7 (72-68-68-69=277) 4 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
51 Oct 7, 1973 Ohio Kings Island Open −13 (68-69-62-72=271) 6 strokes United States Lee Trevino
52 Dec 1, 1973 Walt Disney World Golf Classic −13 (70-71-67-67=275) 1 stroke United States Mason Rudolph
53 Feb 3, 1974 Hawaiian Open −17 (65-67-69-70=271) 3 strokes United States Eddie Pearce
54 Sep 2, 1974 Tournament Players Championship −16 (66-71-68-67=272) 2 strokes United States J.C. Snead
55 Mar 16, 1975 Doral-Eastern Open −12 (69-70-69-68=276) 3 strokes United States Forrest Fezler, United States Bert Yancey
56 Mar 30, 1975 Sea Pines Heritage Classic −13 (66-63-74-68=271) 3 strokes United States Tom Weiskopf
57 Apr 13, 1975 Masters Tournament −12 (68-67-73-68=276) 1 stroke United States Johnny Miller, United States Tom Weiskopf
58 Aug 10, 1975 PGA Championship −4 (70-68-67-71=276) 2 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
59 Sep 14, 1975 World Open Golf Championship −4 (70-71-70-69=280) Playoff United States Billy Casper
60 Mar 1, 1976 Tournament Players Championship −19 (66-70-68-65=269) 3 strokes United States J.C. Snead
61 Sep 5, 1976 World Series of Golf −5 (68-70-69-68=275) 4 strokes United States Hale Irwin
62 Feb 27, 1977 Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic −13 (70-66-69-70=275) 5 strokes South Africa Gary Player
63 Apr 17, 1977 MONY Tournament of Champions −7 (71-69-70-71=281) Playoff United States Bruce Lietzke
64 May 22, 1977 Memorial Tournament −7 (72-68-70-71=281) 2 strokes United States Hubert Green
65 Feb 26, 1978 Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic −12 (70-75-66-65=276) 1 stroke United States Grier Jones
66 Mar 19, 1978 Tournament Players Championship +1 (70-71-73-75=289) 1 stroke United States Lou Graham
67 Jul 15, 1978 The Open Championship −7 (71-72-69-69=281) 2 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw, United States Raymond Floyd,
United States Tom Kite, New Zealand Simon Owen
68 Jul 23, 1978 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic −14 (66-64-72-68=270) 1 stroke United States Gil Morgan
69 Jun 15, 1980 U.S. Open −8 (63-71-70-68=272) 2 strokes Japan Isao Aoki
70 Aug 10, 1980 PGA Championship −6 (70-69-66-69=274) 7 strokes United States Andy Bean
71 May 16, 1982 Colonial National Invitation −7 (66-70-70-67=273) 3 strokes United States Andy North
72 May 27, 1984 Memorial Tournament −8 (69-70-71-70=280) Playoff United States Andy Bean
73 Apr 13, 1986 Masters Tournament −9 (74-71-69-65=279) 1 stroke United States Tom Kite, Australia Greg Norman

PGA Tour playoff record (14–10)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1962 Houston Classic United States Bobby Nichols, United States Dan Sikes Nichols won with eagle on first extra hole after an 18-hole playoff (Nichols:71, Sikes:71, Nicklaus:75)
2 1962 U.S. Open United States Arnold Palmer Won 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:71, Palmer:74)
3 1963 Palm Springs Golf Classic South Africa Gary Player Won 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:65, Player:73)
4 1963 Western Open United States Julius Boros, United States Arnold Palmer Lost 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Boros:71, Nicklaus:73)
5 1965 Pensacola Open Invitational United States Doug Sanders Lost to birdie on third extra hole
6 1965 Memphis Open Invitational United States Johnny Pott Won with par on first extra hole
7 1966 Masters Tournament United States Gay Brewer, United States Tommy Jacobs Won 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:70, Jacobs:72, Brewer:78)
8 1968 American Golf Classic United States Frank Beard, United States Lee Elder Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Beard eliminated with birdie on first hole
9 1969 Kaiser International Open Invitational United States George Archer, United States Billy Casper
United States Don January
Won with birdie on second extra hole
January eliminated with par on first hole
10 1970 Byron Nelson Golf Classic United States Arnold Palmer Won with birdie on first extra hole
11 1970 The Open Championship United States Doug Sanders Won 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:72, Sanders:73)
12 1971 Atlanta Classic United States Gardner Dickinson Lost to par on first extra hole
13 1971 U.S. Open United States Lee Trevino Lost 18-hole playoff (Trevino:68, Nicklaus:71)
14 1972 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am United States Johnny Miller Won with birdie on first extra hole
15 1972 Tournament of Champions United States Bobby Mitchell Lost to birdie on first extra hole
16 1973 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am United States Raymond Floyd, United StatesOrville Moody Won with birdie on first extra hole
17 1973 Greater New Orleans Open United States Miller Barber Won with birdie on second extra hole
18 1974 World Open Golf Championship United States Frank Beard, United States Johnny Miller
United States Bob Murphy
Miller won with birdie on second extra hole
Murphy eliminated with par on first hole
19 1975 Canadian Open United States Tom Weiskopf Lost to birdie on first extra hole
20 1975 World Open Golf Championship United States Billy Casper Won with par on first extra hole
21 1977 MONY Tournament of Champions United States Bruce Lietzke Won with birdie on third extra hole
22 1980 Doral-Eastern Open United States Raymond Floyd Lost to birdie on second extra hole
23 1982 Bay Hill Classic United States Tom Kite, Zimbabwe Denis Watson Kite won with birdie on first extra hole
24 1984 Memorial Tournament United States Andy Bean Won with par on third extra hole

Source:[4]

Other wins (22)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 1, 1990 The Tradition at Desert Mountain −10 (71-67-68=206) 4 strokes South Africa Gary Player
2 Jun 10, 1990 Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship −27 (65-68-64-64=261) 6 strokes United States Lee Trevino
3 Apr 7, 1991 The Tradition at Desert Mountain −11 (71-73-66-67=277) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert, United States Jim Dent, United States Phil Rodgers
4 Apr 21, 1991 PGA Seniors' Championship −17 (66-66-69-70=271) 6 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
5 Jul 29, 1991 U.S. Senior Open +2 (72-69-70-71=282) Playoff United States Chi-Chi Rodriguez
6 Jul 11, 1993 U.S. Senior Open −6 (68-73-67-70=278) 1 stroke United States Tom Weiskopf
7 Jan 9, 1994 Mercedes Championships −9 (73-69-69-68=279) 1 stroke United States Bob Murphy
8 Apr 2, 1995 The Tradition −12 (69-71-69-67=276) Playoff Japan Isao Aoki
9 Feb 18, 1996 GTE Suncoast Classic −2 (76-68-67=211) 1 stroke United States J. C. Snead
10 Apr 7, 1996 The Tradition −16 (68-74-65-65=272) 3 strokes United States Hale Irwin

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (2-1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1991 U.S. Senior Open United States Chi-Chi Rodriguez Won 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:65, Rodriguez:69)
2 1995 The Tradition Japan Isao Aoki Won with birdie on third extra hole
3 1995 Ford Senior Players Championship United States J. C. Snead Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (11)[edit]

Miscellaneous stats[edit]

President Bush awarding Nicklaus the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005
  • Nicklaus won the prestigious The Players Championship three times (though never at the TPC at Sawgrass, the current Players site and a course whose setup he harshly criticized in the early 1980s, likening some of its approach shots to "stopping a 5-iron on the hood of a car"). He was the first multiple winner of this event and remains the only three-time champion winning three of the first five contested (1974, 1976, and 1978). Nicklaus' 19-under par score of 269 in 1976 was the record for this championship until 1994, when Greg Norman shot 24-under par, and remains the second lowest 72-hole score for the championship.
  • Nicklaus won various events around the globe, including six Australian Opens (1964, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1978)[5] and the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship in 1970.
  • From 1963 to 1977, Nicklaus won the Tournament of Champions a record five times with one runner-up playoff finish. Of these five victories, he recorded an eight-shot winning margin in 1971, which is also a record.
  • Nicklaus is third to Sam Snead (82), and Tiger Woods (79) on the all-time list of players with most PGA Tour wins, having accumulated 73 titles. Of these 73 wins, 66 were against full-field populations, while only seven were against limited fields.
  • Nicklaus' total wins of 73, total second place finishes of 58, and total third place finishes of 36 is an unmatched 167 on the PGA Tour. In addition, Nicklaus registered 218 top-five and 310 top-10 finishes.
  • At age 16, Nicklaus won the Ohio Open against a field of mainly professional golfers. While not an official PGA win, it was previously sanctioned as such and former champions include three-time winner Byron Nelson, among others.
  • In 17 consecutive seasons from 1962 to 1978, Nicklaus won at least two PGA Tour titles per season, and always finished in the top four on the money list. During these years British Open winnings were not included in the official money list rankings. If so, Nicklaus would have finished no worse than third in any year since he won that major in 1970 and 1978 and his additional top finishes would likely have affected other years' placings.
  • Nicklaus won a total of eight USGA national championships, including two U.S. Amateurs (1959 and 1961), four U.S. Opens (1962, 1967, 1972, and 1980), and two U.S. Senior Opens (1991 and 1993).
  • Nicklaus is the only player to win the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open at the same course Pebble Beach Golf Links in 1961 and 1972, respectively.
  • From 1970 to 1976, Nicklaus made 105 consecutive cuts which at the time was second only to Byron Nelson's record of 113.
  • Nicklaus won the inaugural semi-full field World Series of Golf championship in 1976 by four shots over Hale Irwin. This marked his third different official PGA event (1968 American Golf Classic and the 1975 PGA Championship) victory at this course and excludes four earlier wins in the old World Series of Golf format from 1962 through 1975.
  • Nicklaus shot a course record 59 for 18 holes during the 1973 American Cancer Society's Palm Beach Golf Classic (unofficial event) played at The Breakers.
  • Nicklaus was the first PGA Tour player to reach the $2,000,000 mark in career earnings (December 1, 1973), $3,000,000 (May 2, 1977), $4,000,000 (February 6, 1983), and $5,000,000 (August 20, 1988).[6]
  • Nicklaus was the PGA Tour's career money leader from 1973[1] to 1988.[7]
  • Nicklaus was a member of a record-tying six World Cup teams all of which being victorious and a record-tying combination of four with Arnold Palmer. Nicklaus also won a record-setting three individual International Trophy titles in the competition, was runner-up once, and finished third twice.
  • Nicklaus played his way onto six Ryder Cup teams beginning in 1969. However, by today's qualification standards, he would have been eligible for the 1963, 1965, and 1967 teams. In addition, captain's picks were not available until 1989. If prior, Nicklaus would likely have been on the 1979 team, increasing his total to 10.
  • Nicklaus played in his first PGA tournament at age 18 in the 1958 Rubber City Open Invitational at Akron's Firestone Country Club, was one stroke back of the lead at halfway point with rounds of 67 and 66 and finished 76-68 for 12th spot.
  • At the 1990 Senior Players Championship, Nicklaus shot a 27-under-par 261 at Dearborn Country Club, the lowest 72-hole total in Champions Tour history.
  • In 1996, Nicklaus was the first person to win the same Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) event four times, when he captured The Tradition tournament.
  • Nicklaus is the only person in the history of the PGA to win all of the major championships on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. (Although he never won the Senior British Open, it was not recognized as a major in the United States until 2003, after he had stopped playing the Champions Tour.)
  • With eight Champions Tour major championship victories, Nicklaus has won more than any other golfer.
  • Nicklaus is 14–10 in PGA Tour playoffs (including the 1970 Open Championship), which incorporates a 3–1 record in major championships. Nicklaus also holds a 2–1 record in Champions Tour playoffs.
  • Nicklaus has made 20 career holes-in-one in competition.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

As player[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup: 1959 (winners), 1961 (winners)
  • Eisenhower Trophy: 1960 (team winners and individual winner)
  • America's Cup: 1960 (winners), 1961 (winners)

Professional

  • Ryder Cup: 1969 (tie), 1971 (winners), 1973 (winners), 1975 (winners), 1977 (winners), 1981 (winners)
    • Cumulative 17–8–3 record across six matches: 8–1–0 record in foursomes matches, 5–3–1 record in four-ball matches, 4–4–2 record in singles matches, for a combined point total of 18.5 and a 66% win percentage.
  • World Cup: 1963 (winners, individual winner), 1964 (winners, individual winner), 1965, 1966 (winners), 1967 (winners), 1971 (winners, individual winner), 1973 (winners)

As captain[edit]

Professional

Awards[edit]

  • Named greatest golfer/athlete by Sports Illustrated; Golf Magazine; Associated Press; Golfweek; GolfWorld; PGA Tour and GolfWeb; ESPN; British Broadcasting Company; and Today's Golfer.
  • Named golfer of the Century/Millennium by Asian Golf Monthly, Associated Press, British Broadcasting Company, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf Monthly Magazine, Golfweek, Golf Web, GolfWorld, International Association of Golf Tour Operators, PGA Tour, Today's Golfer.
  • Named Florida Athlete of the Century.
  • Received a Doctor of Athletic Arts Honorary Degree from Ohio State University, 1972.
  • Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1974.
  • Received a Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
  • Inducted into the Memorial Honorees at the Memorial Tournament, 2000.
  • Received the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence in 2001 being the first golfer and only the third athlete in the award's history.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient in 2005
  • Inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in the class of 2006.
  • Presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship by the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Palm Beach, Florida; January 2008.
  • Presented with the Charlie Bartlett Award from the Golf Writers Association of America at its annual awards dinner in Augusta, Georgia in April 2009 recognizing four decades of charitable work with children.
  • Presented with the National Pathfinder Award at the annual Pathfinder Awards Banquet in June 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana for decades of dedication to youth in need, most recently through the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
  • In April 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives approved awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal; the bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration; he would join Arnold Palmer should he receive it.

This list is probably incomplete.

Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Facts and Figures". nicklaus.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ USGA Championship Database – for U.S. Amateur
  3. ^ "Yank Final Is Assured". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Spokane, Washington). May 29, 1959. p. 13. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Barkow, Al (1989). The History of the PGA TOUR. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-26145-4. 
  5. ^ "Career Capsule". nicklaus.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ PGA TOUR 2007 Guide. PGA Tour. 2006. pp. 2–128. 
  7. ^ "Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients". United States Senate. 

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