The 1986 Masters Tournament was the 50th Masters Tournament….which was held April 10–13 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia….where Jack Nicklaus won his record 18th professional major with a historic one-stroke victory….when he shot a final round 65 (−7)….with a back nine of 30 (−6)….for a total score of 279 (−9)….and at age 46….he became the oldest winner of the Masters and the second-oldest winner of any major championship….behind Julius Boros….who was 48 when he captured the PGA Championship in 1968.
The win also gave Nicklaus a record six Masters victories….having won his first in 1963….less than ten months after his first major win at the 1962 U.S. Open. The 23-year span of Masters victories and 24-year span of major victories are also records. The runners-up were Tom Kite and Greg Norman….whose near-misses at the Masters are also noteworthy. The winner’s share was $144,000, up from $20,000 at Nicklaus’ first win at Augusta in 1963.
Any way you cut the pie….this final round of the 1986 Masters is “nugget of gold” in our ImaSportsphile treasure chest….as this round was as riveting as it was historic….and is well worth watching many times over. ENJOY!!!