Activities Sports & Athletics Jack Nicklaus' Masters Finishes The Golden Bear's Impressive Tournament Records on the PGA Tour Share PINTEREST Email Print Jack Nicklaus at Augusta National, practicing prior to the 1978 Masters. Bettmann/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Tournaments Basics History Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated September 03, 2019 Jack Nicklaus has the most impressive record of any golfer in the history of The Masters Tournament, and we'll go year-by-year through his finishes below to show it. But it starts with his six victories, the tournament record. No other golfer has won more than four Green Jackets. And only one other golfer has won a major championship six times (Harry Vardon at the British Open in the late 19th/early 20th century). Before the poobahs at Augusta National Golf Club were trying to "Tiger-proof" their layout, they were trying to Jack-proof it. It didn't work. As Masters co-founder Bobby Jones said after watching Nicklaus win the 1965 tournament by nine strokes by overpowering the course, "Nicklaus plays a game with which I am not familiar." Nicklaus first played The Masters in 1959, as an amateur, and last played it in 2005. He played it every year from 1959 through 1998 before missing one. He finished no lower than eighth place during the entire decade of the 1970s. Nicklaus holds the Masters tournament records for wins (six), Top 5 finishes (15), Top 10 finishes (22) and Top 25 finishes (29), and shares the record for runner-up finishes (four). At one time he held the record as youngest Masters winner, and he still holds the record as oldest Masters winner. He was very, very good at playing Augusta National Golf Club! Nicklaus' Yearly Finishes in The Masters Tournament Over the course of his career, Jack Nicklaus competed in 45 Masters Tournaments. These are the years he competed (or didn't), strokes he took each round, total scores he carded, and where he finished in each: 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—288, win in playoff 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, 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.