1965 Masters: Nicklaus Dominates 'Big 3'

Jack Nicklaus overpowered Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and everyone else in a record-setting victory at the 1965 Masters, the 29th time the tournament was played.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 271

Where it was played: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Tournament dates: April 8-11, 1965

Leader after first round: Gary Player, 65

Leader after second round: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, 138

Leader after third round: Jack Nicklaus, 202

Notable Notes: The "Big 3"— Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player — shared the 36-hole lead at the 1965 Masters, but then Nicklaus ran away from the other two to a record-breaking victory.

Nicklaus' 64 in the third round opened a 5-stroke edge over Player, and Nicklaus wound up winning by nine over Player and Palmer. Nicklaus' margin of victory and 271 total were both tournament records at the time. (His 271 lowered Ben Hogan's previous scoring record by three strokes).

The way Nicklaus overpowered Augusta National and the field led Bobby Jones to famously remark afterward, "Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar."

Final Scores

Jack Nicklaus 67-71-64-69—271
Arnold Palmer 70-68-72-70—280
Gary Player 65-73-69-73—280
Mason Rudolph 70-75-66-72—283
Dan Sikes 67-72-71-75—285
Gene Littler 71-74-67-74—286
Ramon Sota 71-73-70-72—286
Frank Beard 68-77-72-70—287
Tommy Bolt 69-78-69-71—287
George Knudson 72-73-69-74—288
Tommy Aaron 67-74-71-77—289
Bruce Crampton 72-72-74-71—289
Paul Harney 74-74-71-70—289
Doug Sanders 69-72-74-74—289
George Bayer 69-74-75-72—290
Bruce Devlin 71-76-73-70—290
Wes Ellis 69-76-72-73—290
Tommy Jacobs 71-74-72-73—290
Kel Nagle 75-70-74-71—290
Byron Nelson 70-74-72-74—290
Dow Finsterwald 72-75-72-72—291
Ben Hogan 71-75-71-74—291
Tony Lema 67-73-77-74—291
Terry Dill 72-73-75-72—292
Al Geiberger 75-72-74-71—292
Bernard Hunt 71-74-74-74—293
Tomoo Ishii 74-74-70-75—293
Billy Maxwell 74-72-76-71—293
Tom Nieporte 71-73-75-74—293
Bo Wininger 70-72-75-76—293
Doug Ford 74-74-73-73—294
a-Downing Gray 72-74-73-75—294
Dave Ragan 73-74-73-74—294
Bert Weaver 72-75-72-75—294
Billy Casper 72-72-71-80—295
Jimmy Demaret 71-75-76-73—295
Bobby Nichols 73-71-75-76—295
Mike Souchak 74-74-72-75—295
a-Don Allen 70-77-74-75—296
Chen Ching-Po 71-77-77-71—296
Bob Goalby 71-75-75-75—296
a-Bill Hyndman 73-73-75-76—297
Jack McGowan73-75-77-72—297
Johnny Pott 74-74-73-76—297
Bob Charles 72-74-76-77—299
Art Wall Jr. 71-76-77-75—299
a-Richard Davies 70-78-78-76—302
a-John Hopkins 70-78-78-77—303
a-Deane Beman 74-72-79-79—304

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