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Monday, April 9, 2001
Nicklaus Masters Augusta, sets records

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

April 11, 1965

Conquering the course and his competitors, Jack Nicklaus has a ball at The Masters. His final-round 69 gives him a 17-under-par 271 and a nine-stroke victory, both records at the Augusta National Golf Club.

"I've never played golf like this before," says Nicklaus, who takes only 123 putts in the four rounds in winning his second Masters at the age of 25. "This was my best putting tournament."

Bobby Jones, the only Grand Slam winner and a founder of The Masters, says, "Jack plays the kind of game I was never permitted to play. He should be made to carry 135 pounds like a Goliath. I have seen many big fellows in my time, but they all had some weakness. Jack doesn't have any."

About the only person who doesn't seem impressed is the golfer whose record Nicklaus broke. Ben Hogan, who shot a 274 in 1953, says it is insignificant that his record is gone. "It's just another score," he says. "Somebody will break his (Nicklaus') record some day."

He's right. Thirty-two years later, Tiger Woods will shoot a 270 and win by 12 strokes.