Jack Nicklaus came home to Ohio to win his 14th major championship and surpass Bob Jones’ 43-year-old record.
When Jack Nicklaus arrived at historic Canterbury Golf Club outside Cleveland, some critics dismissed his chances because the course “didn’t suit his game,” although given his record, it’s hard to tell precisely what type of course didn’t do just that. Nicklaus opened with an indifferent one-over-par 72 but came back with rounds of 68-68 to take a one-stroke lead over Mason Rudolph into Sunday’s final round. It’s not quite fair to say he put his game on cruise control but he closed with a 69 to win by a comfortable four strokes over Australia’s Bruce Crampton. It was his first major championship victory in his home state of Ohio, but a bittersweet moment as he topped the major championship record of his boyhood idol and long-time golf hero Bob Jones.