Since 1986, it's been very hard to replicate Jack Nicklaus' final round success
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Since 1986, it’s been very hard to replicate Jack Nicklaus’ final round success

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Before the final round of the 1986 Masters, Jack Nicklaus told his son, and caddie that week, Jackie, that he needed 66 to tie and 65 to win. Jackie encouraged his dad to go get that score. The 18-time major winner did, rallying on the second nine to win a sixth and final green jacket.

Since that magical Sunday, however, just one golfer has shot 65 or better at Augusta National on Sunday and won the Masters: Nick Faldo in 1989, to win the first of consecutive titles.


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Len Mattiace Jr. came close in 2004, shooting 65 to get into a playoff with Mike Weir before losing to the Canadian for the title.

Here's a look at each of the last 29 years, the low score for the week and if a player shot 65 or better in the final round:

YEARWINNERSUN. 65 OR BETTERANY SUN. 65 OR BETTERIF SO, WHO; IF NOT, LOW ROUND OF WEEK
1987Larry MizeNONO66 (Greg Norman T-2, Roger Maltbie T-4)
1988Sandy LyleNOYES64 (Greg Norman T-5, low of week)
1989Nick FaldoYESYES65 (Nick Faldo WON, low of week)
1990Nick FaldoNONO64 (Mike Donald T-47)
1991Ian WoosnamNOYES65 (Steve Pate T-4, low of week with Billy Ray Brown)
1992Fred CouplesNOYES65 (Mark Calcavecchia T-32, low of week Steve Pate, Jeff Sluman)
1993Bernhard LangerNONO66 (Anders Forsband T11)
1994Jose Maria OlazabalNONO66 (Dan Forsman 14th)
1995Ben CrenshawNONO64 (Jay Haas 3rd)
1996Nick FaldoNONO65 (Phil Mickelson 3rd)
1997Tiger WoodsNONO65 (Tiger Woods WON)
1998Mark O'MearaNONO67 (Mark O'Meara WON)
1999Jose Maria OlazabalNONO65 (Steve Pate T-4)
2000Vijay SinghNONO65 (David Duval T-3)
2001Tiger WoodsNONO65 (Chris DiMarco T-10)
2002Tiger WoodsNONO65 (Vijay Singh T-7)
2003Mike WeirNOYES65 (Len Mattiace P-2, low of week)
2004Phil MickelsonNONO66 (Sergio Garcia T-4)
2005Tiger WoodsNONO65 (Tiger Woods WON, Trevor Immelman T-5)
2006Phil MickelsonNONO66 (Jose Maria Olazabal T-3)
2007Zach JohnsonNONO68 (Padraig Harrington T-7, Paul Casey T-10)
2008Trevor ImmelmanNONO67 (Steve Flesch T-5)
2009Angel CabreraNONO65 (Chad Campbell T-2, Anthony Kim T-20)
2010Phil MickelsonNOYES65 (Anthony Kim T-3, Nick Watney 7th, low of week)
2011Charl SchwartzelNONO64 (Jason Day T-2)
2012Bubba WatsonNOYES64 (Bo Van Pelt T-17, low of week)
2013Adam ScottNONO66 (Leishman T-4, Garcia T-8, low of week)
2014Bubba WatsonNONO66 (Miguel Angel Jimenez 4th)
2015Jordan SpiethNONO64 (Jordan Spieth WON)

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