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THE NICKLAUS RECORD
Frank Deford
December 25, 1978
He won the U.S. Amateur twice (1959 and '61) and finished second in the U.S. Open (1960) before turning professional. Since then, he has won the Masters five times (1963, '65, '66, 72 and 75); the U.S. Open three times (1962, '67 and 72), the British Open three times (1966, 70 and 78) and the PGA four times (1963, 71, 73 and 75). Counting the two amateur titles, that is 17 major championships. Jones had 13. No one else is close. Hagen had 11, Hogan and Player nine, Palmer eight. Aside from majors, Nicklaus has won 54 tour events. His winnings are $3.4 million, a record. No one else has won even $2 million.
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December 25, 1978

The Nicklaus Record

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He won the U.S. Amateur twice (1959 and '61) and finished second in the U.S. Open (1960) before turning professional. Since then, he has won the Masters five times (1963, '65, '66, 72 and 75); the U.S. Open three times (1962, '67 and 72), the British Open three times (1966, 70 and 78) and the PGA four times (1963, 71, 73 and 75). Counting the two amateur titles, that is 17 major championships. Jones had 13. No one else is close. Hagen had 11, Hogan and Player nine, Palmer eight. Aside from majors, Nicklaus has won 54 tour events. His winnings are $3.4 million, a record. No one else has won even $2 million.

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