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Nicklaus does not like to rank the importance of the 18 majors he won, especially the six green jackets. His previous Masters win was special in its own right, the way he beat Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf down the stretch, that 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole.

But he understands why so many remember 1986.

“It was a neat win, and one that I guess nobody really expected me to be in contention at that point in my career,” he said. “Even me.”