2011 Masters: Challengers to Jack Nicklaus as the Oldest Champion Ever

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2011 Masters: Challengers to Jack Nicklaus as the Oldest Champion Ever
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Being the champion of the Masters is a very difficult challenge.  Only a select few professional golfers claim the prestigious green jacket.  Fewer yet claim the trophy late or early in their career.  This slide show will look at the oldest winners of the Masters and also the 2011 challengers to the very difficult task of winning the Masters after age 40.  

Jack Nicklaus has held the oldest Masters Champion record since 1986.  Twenty five years after he set the record, a group of talented golfers will try to become oldest winner.  Even as Tiger Woods tries to best Jack's 18 majors wins records, another group will attempt to top Nicklaus as the oldest winner of the Masters.

A 2011 Masters favorite, 40-year-old Phil Mickelson is one of the older entrants this year.  But if he wins, he would not yet make the top five oldest Masters Champions.  Let's look at the oldest Masters winners and the challengers to this rank list. 

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