Jack Nicklaus Played Augusta Three Times After Scottie Scheffler Masters Win

The golf legend played Augusta in tournament conditions at 84 years old.
Jack Nicklaus
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Jack Nicklaus helped kick off the 2024 Masters tournament as one of the former champions selected to take an honorary tee shot ahead of the first tee time. It turns out he wasn't satisifed with merely one swing at Augusta.

The golf legend spoke to reporters in Dublin, Oh. this week ahead of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village and revealed he stuck around Augusta after Scottie Scheffler won to play a few rounds. Nicklaus said he played three times and shot an 88, 90, and 91. He gave a good quote about it, too. Per Golfweek's Todd Kelly:

“I shot 88, 90 and 91. That’s a 269 for three rounds, which is a pretty good four-round score,” he said. “That’s what I play anymore. They don’t have any forward tees at Augusta. I can’t play 6,400 yards. I hit the ball 190 yards anymore, if I kill it. I played once last year, once the year before, and I’ve played four times this year already.”

Not too shabby for an 84-year-old to break 90 in tournament conditions at one of the hardest courses in professional golf. And it's hard to imagine there aren't too many folks of a similar age still able to pipe it nearly 200 yards down the middle off the tee. Not to mention having the skill required to break 100 at Augusta in April, something great amateur golfers 50 years younger than Nicklaus struggle with.

Safe to say Nicklaus has still got it.

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