Nicklaus, who won a record 18 majors over 25 years, has been helpful to Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel and others who have reached success on the PGA Tour.
Spieth, the 36-hole leader and defending champion, had a quadruple bogey on the par-3 12th hole, hastening his collapse and allowing Willett to claim the season’s first major by three strokes.
Spieth shot a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday, but still held a one-shot lead over Smylie Kaufman and a cast of challengers that also includes Day and 58-year-old Bernhard Langer.
Spieth shot a 2-over-par 74 on Friday to hold onto a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, leaving the two paired together for the weekend as they each pursue their next major title.
Spieth, who went wire-to-wire at the Masters a year ago in just his second appearance, shot a 6-under-par 66 to hold a two-stroke lead over Danny Lee and Shane Lowry in the first round on Thursday.
Day no longer found enjoyment in playing golf six years ago, shortly before he was set to play in the Masters for the first time, but is now the No. 1 player in the world and a favorite to win the event.
Spieth joined a select list of players who went wire to wire in the Masters last year, setting a 36-hold record and tying the 72-hole record in winning his first green jacket in his second try.
Herman was an assistant golf pro at one of Trump’s golf courses when Trump needed someone to round out a foursome. He convinced Herman to give a pro career a shot, and now he’s in the Masters.
The three players are considered the best to have never won a major championship, which is something they can cure later this week as play begins at the Masters.
Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will face challenges from Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and others as the Masters looms on Thursday.
Woods will not play in the Masters next week as he continues to recover from two surgeries on his back, but will be in attendance for the annual Champions Dinner on Tuesday.
Spieth hasn’t won since January and fell from the top spot in the official world golf rankings earlier this week, but he thinks a solid performance can help him at the Masters next week.