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Nicklaus Wins First Masters Victory

Apr. 7, 1963 - Jack Nicklaus (pictured left with Arnold Palmer) once again parlayed his combination of youthful power and golfing intelligence into his first victory in the Masters Tournament this afternoon under the gaze of 30,000 fans swarming happily in the sunshine over the Augusta National fairways and millions of others watching on television. At 23 years old, the beefy young man from Ohio added this prize to his already impressive collection with a soundly played, well-managed finishing par round of 72 for a total of 286 — 2 under par for the distance. Nicklaus thus becomes the youngest of all the 27 Masters victors. He has a pretty fair margin over Byron Nelson, who was 25 years 2 months in 1937; and Gary Player, who was 25 years 5 months in 1961.


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