Arnold Palmer Sent This Telegram to Jack Nicklaus After the '86 Masters

Arnold Palmer Sent This Telegram to Jack Nicklaus After the ’86 Masters

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Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus share laugh at the Dedication Ceremony for World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
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Jack Nicklaus added another memento to the online archives of his long friendship with Arnold Palmer this morning: a telegram that The King sent him after his historic win at the 1986 Masters.

“Jack, I think it was fantastic, congratulations. Arn,” the message reads. “P.S. Do you think there’s a chance for a 56 year old?”

Nicklaus famously won the ’86 Masters at the record-breaking age of 46, claiming his 18th major title. Nicklaus became the oldest winner of the Masters and the second-oldest winner of a major championship. Of course the Golden Bear’s old rival would finish up his congratulations on this iconic moment with a cheeky question.