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Masters’ Champs Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player

Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player 1963

Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player: “Some spectators are thoughtless and some greens are like peanut brittle.” (The Saturday Evening Post, April 13, 1963)

Legendary performers Jack Nicklaus (73), Arnold Palmer (83), and Gary Player (77) teed off for the 77th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club as honorary starters.

Fifty years ago, the Post interviewed the big three: Palmer was noted as the game’s acknowledged master; Player, the small, sensational South African; and Nicklaus, forecasted to be golf’s next superstar. In the April 13, 1963, article, the golfers discussed how the travel was endless, the pressure was fierce, but the money was great.

On the topic of the Masters, Nicklaus said, “There has never been a golf course in the history of the game that has suited a man more than Augusta National suits Arnie. Never! He’s got a four-stroke bloody advantage before we tee off. Almost every hole is a dogleg left.”

Read the full interview here.

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