Jack Nicklaus' Masters Finishes

The Golden Bear's Impressive Tournament Records on the PGA Tour

Jack Nicklaus tees off during a Masters practice round in 1978
Jack Nicklaus at Augusta National, practicing prior to the 1978 Masters. Bettmann/Getty Images

Jack Nicklaus became a professional golfer near the end of 1961, entering the PGA after a successful run on the amateur circuit. Since then, Nicklaus has gone on to play in a number of Masters Tournaments, winning a record total number of six victories from 1963 to 1986.

Nicklaus has also competed in almost every Masters Tournament since he first competed in 1959's amateur competition, and in 1965 and 1966 he became the first-ever back-to-back Masters champion, beating out Arnold Palmer and Gary Player by nine strokes the first year.

In 2005, Nicklaus retired from professional golf but is one of the few former golfers to retain a membership of the Augusta National Golf Club, where the annual Masters Tournament is held and Nicklaus routinely plays practices rounds.

The Golden Bear's Masters Tournament Scores

Nicknamed "The Golden Bear," Jack Nicklaus is the most decorated golfer to ever play the Masters Tournament, holding six championship titles. He won his first in 1963 by one stroke over Tony Lema then went on to win both 1965 against Arnold Palmer and Gary Player and 1966.

In 1972, Nicklaus won by three strokes and beat runners-up Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf by one in 1975. His final win came in 1986, making it his 18th career victory in a major championship.

Although Nicklaus has not won a Masters Tournament since then, he's since ranked among the top 20 players numerous times and played the tournament a total number of 45 times before his retirement from the professional sport in 2005.

Nicklaus still currently holds the Masters' records for most Top 5 finishes (15), most Top 10 finishes (22) and most Top 25 finishes (25) by any player in the Tournament's history.

Yearly Finishes in The Masters Tournament

Over the course of his career, Jack Nicklaus has competed in 45 Masters Tournaments including three amateur competitions in the early 1960s; the years he competed (or didn't), strokes he took each round, scores he cared, and rank he finished in are detailed below:

  • 1959: 76-74--150, missed cut (amateur)
  • 1960: 75-71-72-75--293, tied 13th (amateur)
  • 1961: 70-75-70-72--287, tied 7th (amateur)
  • 1962: 74-75-70-72--291, tied 15th
  • 1963: 74-66-74-72--286, win
  • 1964: 71-73-71-67--282, tied 2nd
  • 1965: 67-71-64-69--271, win
  • 1966: 68-76-72-72-70--288, win
  • 1967: 72-79--151, missed cut
  • 1968: 69-71-74-67--281, tied 5th
  • 1969: 68-75-72-76--291, tied 24th
  • 1970: 71-75-69-69--284, 8th
  • 1971: 70-71-68-72--281, tied second
  • 1972: 68-71-73-74--286, win
  • 1973: 69-77-73-66--285, tied 3rd
  • 1974: 69-71-72-69--281, tied 4th
  • 1975: 68-67-73-68--276, win
  • 1976: 67-69-73-73--282, tied 3rd
  • 1977: 72-70-70-66--278, 2nd
  • 1978: 72-73-69-67--281, 7th
  • 1979: 69-71-72-69--281, 4th
  • 1980: 74-71-73-73--291, tied 33rd
  • 1981: 70-65-75-72--282, tied 2nd
  • 1982: 69-77-71-75--292, tied 15th
  • 1983: 73--73, withdrew
  • 1984: 73-73-70-70--286, tied 18th
  • 1985: 71-74-72-69--286, tied 6th
  • 1986: 74-71-69-65--279 win
  • 1987: 74-72-73-70--289, tied 7th
  • 1988: 75-73-72-72--292, tied 21st
  • 1989: 73-74-73-71--291, tied 18th
  • 1990: 72-70-69-74--285, 6th
  • 1991: 68-72-72-76--288, tied 35th
  • 1992: 69-75-69-74--287, tied 42nd
  • 1993: 67-75-76-71--289, tied 27th
  • 1994: 78-74--152, missed cut
  • 1995: 67-78-70-75--290, tied 35th
  • 1996: 70-73-76-78--297, tied 41st
  • 1997: 77-70-74-78--299, tied 39th
  • 1998: 73-72-70-68--283, tied 6th
  • 1999: Did not play
  • 2000: 74-70-81-78--303, tied 54th
  • 2001: 73-75--148, missed cut
  • 2002: Did not play
  • 2003: 85-77--162, missed cut
  • 2004: 75-75--150, missed cut
  • 2005: 77-76--153, missed cut

Nicklaus' final appearance as a competitor in The Masters Tournament was in 2005, but the Golden Bear continues to travel to Augusta every April for tournament week.

Annually, Nicklaus attends the Champions Dinner and plays in the Par-3 Contest, and sometimes still plays practice rounds on the course. He is also one of the very few former pro golfers who is a member of Augusta National Golf Club as well as being one of The Masters' honorary starters since 2010.