Jack Nicklaus and his caddie celebrate at the 1966 Masters.
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11 of the best Jack Nicklaus Masters photos

Jack Nicklaus is Augusta National’s ultimate champion. The Golden Bear won six Masters titles in his career and continues to be a prominent figure at the club several years after he last competed there.

He’s had memorable victories (1986, anyone?) and unexpected runs (remember 1998?), yet he still says one Wednesday shot remains his greatest Masters memory. And that shot wasn’t even struck by Jack — it was the hole-in-one his grandson G.T. made during the 2018 Masters Par-3 Contest.

“That’s pretty special,” Nicklaus said later that day. “Curtis [Strange] asked me going by where that ranks. I said, ‘That’s No. 1.’ My wins, that’s OK, but to have your grandson make a hole‑in‑one and watch him do it, man, that’s amazing.”

Scroll above or below for a brief look at some of Nicklaus’ best, and most iconic, Masters moments.


Jack Nicklaus, after winning his first Masters, with Arnold Palmer and Augusta National co-founders Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones, in 1963.

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Jack Nicklaus drained this putt in the final round of the 1965 Masters, winning for the second time and shooting a record 271.



Jack Nicklaus tees off during the 1966 Masters, which he won for his third green jacket.

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Jack Nicklaus and his caddie celebrate a birdie on the 15th hole at the 1966 Masters.



Jack Nicklaus tees off during the 1972 Masters. Nicklaus won his fourth green jacket.

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Gary Player puts the green jacket on Jack Nicklaus in 1975, which was Nicklaus’ fifth Masters title.

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The iconic Jack Nicklaus photo (and call, “Yes, sir!”) after he drained a birdie putt on the 71st hole of the 1986 Masters. Nicklaus parred the 18th hole to shoot 65 and win.

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Jack and his oldest son, Jackie, walk off the green at the 1986 Masters.

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Jack Nicklaus pays tribute to the late Arnold Palmer during the ceremonial opening tee shots at the 2017 Masters.

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Jack Nicklaus looks to the crowd with two of his grandkids after one, G.T., made a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest in 2018.

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