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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 236
T HIS week in 1986, Jack Nicklaus drove up Magnolia Lane as a 46-year-old who had claimed 17 majors and five green jackets. When he left Augusta National a week later, he’d won a sixth green jacket and is still the oldest player to ever win the Masters. The Golden Bear began the final round four shots behind 54-hole leader Greg Norman, but charged on the back nine and shot 30 – even with a bogey at the par-3 12th – to claim the clubhouse lead at nine under. When Norman walked to the tee at the 72nd hole he needed only par to force a playoff, but an errant approach shot led to a bogey and Nicklaus had his 18th major. "I read in the Atlanta paper this week that 46-year-olds don't win Masters," Nicklaus said. "I kind of agreed. I got to thinking, ‘hmmm, done, through, washed up’ and I sizzled for a while. But I said to myself, ‘I'm not going to quit now’. Playing the way I'm playing ... I've played too well, too long to let a shorter period of bad golf be my last." The 1986 Masters would become Nicklaus’ final major victory, but ‘Fat Jack’ was still hungry for more. "I'm not going to quit, guys,'' Nicklaus said after winning. “Maybe I should, maybe I should say goodbye. Maybe that'd be the smart thing to do ... But I'm not that smart.'' E it happened this week in... 1986 • Viv Richards blasts the fasted (balls faced) test century of all time, off just 56 balls against England. The record wasn’t broken until Brendon McCullum’s 54-baller against Australia in 2016. • Michael Spinks becomes heavyweight champion of the world after beating Larry Holmes. • Michael Jordan sets a new NBA playoff record after shooting 63 points against Boston Celtics. • Greg Norman finishes second to Nicklaus at the Masters after holding the 54-hole lead. A double- bogey at the 10th and a bogey at the last cost Norman a shot at a playoff for the green jacket. Also making news this week in 1986 ‘OLDEN BEAR’ WINS THE 50TH MASTERS VIDEO: PGA PLAYERS ON NICKLAUS’ 1986 MASTERS WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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