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Nicklaus rates Australian Open among world's best

Jack Nicklaus
Six time Australian Open champion Jack Nicklaus.

Jack Nicklaus has "fond memories" of Australia and an illustrious history with the Australian Open having won the title six times. His haul of six is just one less than that of Gary Player who collected seven Stonehaven Cups in a remarkable period during the 1960s and 1970s.

Nicklaus won in 1964, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1978 with his final win being a six stroke victory over fellow American Ben Crenshaw at The Australian Golf Club.

Speaking recently to Australian Golf Digest, Nicklaus said he enjoyed all of his victories.

"I've never had a favourite anything. I think all victories are fantastic. I never found one that was any better than another. I won three at the Australian, one at the lakes and I won one at Lake Karrinyup in Perth and another in Hobart down in Tasmania," Nicklaus said.

The now 72 year-old and grandfather to 22 still rates the Australian Open as one of his favourite tournaments.

"To me it's always been one of the tournaments I wanted to win. I came down here every year to play in it because I looked at it that way," Nicklaus told Australian Golf Digest.

"But now I think there are some other tournaments in the world that have grown beyond some other tournaments. The Australian Open would still be among the 10 best tournaments in the world because I think it's a great title, a great country, a great golfing nation," Nicklaus added.

Nicklaus now hosts the annual Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour and works across his company's suite of operations including course design, equipment and apparel.

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