The major championship career of Jack Nicklaus:
Appearances: 45Victories: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986Runner-up finishes: 4Cuts made: 37Legacy: No one has won more than his six green jackets.Defining moment: Raised his left arm when he dropped a 12-foot birdie on the 17th hole to shoot 30 on the back nine in his 1986 victory.Noteworthy: Finished in the top 10 at every Masters in the 1970s.
Appearances: 44Victories: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980Runner-up finishes: 4Cuts made: 35Legacy: Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson are the only four-time U.S. Open champions.Defining moment: A 1-iron into a stiff breeze that hit the flagstick on the par-3 17th in 1972.Noteworthy: Only player to win the U.S. Open in three decades.
Appearances: 37Victories: 1966, 1970, 1978Runner-up finishes: 7Cuts made: 32Legacy: Only American to win twice at St. Andrews.Defining moment: Threw his putter into the air after making an 8-foot birdie putt to win an 18-hole playoff against Doug Sanders in 1970 at St. Andrews.Noteworthy: Never finished worse than sixth from 1966 through 1980.
Appearances: 37Victories: 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980Runner-up finishes: 4Cuts made: 27Legacy: Nicklaus and Walter Hagen are the only five-time PGA champions. No other player has more than two stroke-play titles in the PGA Championship.Defining moment: In a rare moment of risk, hit 9-iron from the rough that barely cleared a tree, then barely cleared the water on the 16th hole at Firestone in 1975. He holed a 30-foot putt to save par.Noteworthy: Victory in the 1971 PGA Championship made him the only player to win the career Grand Slam twice.