GOAT? A Jack Nicklaus Record That Might Never Be Repeated in Golf Again

Published 05/31/2022, 7:41 AM EDT

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The 2022 Open Championship will begin in July at the home of golf, St. Andrews. Numerous famous professionals have dominated the major championship event. However, the stellar stretch of performances by the golf legend Jack Nicklaus at the tournament is the one that probably stands out the most.

An amazing stat regarding Jack Nicklaus that proves his dominance


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The 18-time major championship winner has achieved incredible feats in his long and illustrious golf career. But his dominating performance at the British Open is arguably one of the most outstanding achievements in his career as a professional. The stat guru Justin Ray recently shared an incredible piece of statistics regarding Nicklaus’ impressive performances at the Open championship. It is a record that any professional has never achieved except by the legend himself.

Moreover, the Golden Bear has won the major championship event three times as a professional. He won his first British Open title in 1966 at the Muirfield. Ray shared the incredible stats regarding Nicklaus’ performance from 1966-to 1980 at the Open Champion through his Twitter account. He tweeted about the same using his official Twitter account on May 30th.

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According to Justin, from the timeline ranging from 1966 to 1980, the 82-year-old Tour veteran finished in 6th position or better on the leaderboard. And when his streak broke in 1981, after he finished in 15th position, no player could repeat the same performance for more than three years in a row. At the same time, Nicklaus finished within the top six consistently for 14 consecutive years.


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Ray’s tweet said, How about a crazy Jack Nicklaus stat to start @MemorialGolf week? From 1966-1980, Jack finished 6th or better at The Open every year. Since his streak ended in 1981 at 15, no other player has done that more than 3 years in a row.”


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Moreover, Justin’s tweet proves how consistent the Golden Bear was with his golf game during the 14 years at the Open. At the same time, it also proves how difficult it is to play consistent golf for a longer period of time. Nicklaus’ achievement is probably one of the greatest feats ever to be achieved in the sport. Do you think any professional will be able to break it?

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Collin Morikawa won the major championship in 2021. He ended the event with an overall score of 15-under-par. As a result, he won the tournament with a two-shot lead on Sunday. Moreover, the American professional carded a final round of four-under-par, 66 to finish on the top of the leaderboard. His final round at Royal St. George’s included three birdies and six pars on the opening nine holes. As a result, Collin moved out in three-under-par, 32. Morikawa made one birdie and eight pars on the back nine to wrap up his bogey-free final round.


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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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