Top 5 Jack Nicklaus Seasons on the PGA Tour

Jack Nicklaus had many great years on the PGA Tour. He was a 5-time Player of the Year and 8-time money leader. He won 73 times, including 18 majors. There are a lot of great seasons from which to choose. But we've picked the Top 5. (Note: While Nicklaus led the Tour in scoring average eight times, he never won the Vardon Trophy because of eligibility requirements in place at the time. Later in his career, this was due to too few rounds played.)

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Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus in 1972. Don Morley/Getty Images

Nicklaus' single-season best for PGA Tour wins was seven, and this one of those years. He finished second three times and in the Top 10 in 14 out of 19 tournaments played. Nicklaus won The Masters and the U.S. Open in 1972, but his Grand Slam quest was stopped by Lee Trevino at the British Open, where Jack finished one stroke back in second place. He was named Player of the Year and led in scoring and money. He tied Bobby Jones this year with his 13th major (including amateur majors).

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Nicklaus finished in the Top 10 in 16 of the 18 PGA Tour events he played. That included all majors: he won the PGA Championship, was third at The Masters, and fourth at the U.S. and British opens. He won seven times total on Tour, plus one second and one third. Nicklaus led in scoring and money and was named Player of the Year. The PGA Championship was his 14th major (counting amateurs), breaking Bobby Jones' record. He also had a great Ryder Cup, going 4-1-1, and won the World Cup with Johnny Miller.

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It was obvious in 1962 that Jack Nicklaus would be a superstar. This year, 1963, was when he


a superstar. Nicklaus won five Tour events - including The Masters and PGA Championship - and finished in the Top 10 in 17 of 25 events played. He had two runner-up finishes and three thirds (including at the British Open). The Tournament of Champions was another of his big wins, plus he won the World Series of Golf (a non-Tour event).

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Nicklaus was in the Top 10 in 15 of the 18 Tour events he played. That included a win at the PGA Championship, runner-up finishes at The Masters and U.S. Open, and 5th at the British Open. He won 5 Tour events, with 3 seconds and 3 thirds. He won the money title and led in scoring, and became the first player in history with the Double Career Grand Slam (winning each major at least twice). He had his best Ryder Cup (5-1-0) and paired with Arnold Palmer to win the National Team Championship.

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This was another of Nicklaus' 2-major seasons. He won The Masters and the PGA Championship, and also finished 7th at the U.S. Open and third at the British Open. He won five Tour events total (including Doral and the World Open), and finished in the Top 10 in 14 of the 16 tournaments he played. He led in money and scoring average, and also won the Australian Open. The Masters win was his fifth (setting a record) and the PGA Championship win his fourth.