Jack Nicklaus Shot Four Strokes Less Than His Age at Augusta National

May 19, 2016

The Golden Bear remains golden. Jack Nicklaus shot an even par 72 at Augusta National on May 9, beating his age by four strokes.

It’s the second straight round the 76-year-old bested his age — he also fired a 73 earlier in the month. The USGA Golf Handicap Information Network has the stats to prove it. 

Nicklaus, ever humble, shrugged off the accomplishment by admitting that he didn’t play from the tournament tees. That still leaves the course at around 6,400 yards.

“Of course, I played the front tees,” Nicklaus told PGA.com. “I play up as far as you can play. It’s a different golf course.”

Okay, Jack.

It almost seems like he wished he hadn’t played so well those two rounds, for the sake of messing up his handicap. Nicklaus now has more to prove when he goes out to play matches with his buddies.

“I keep shooting good scores,” he said. “That’s going to take me down to a 1 or a 2. I was very upset. I’ll lose a lot of money on that.”