The Golden Bear, 77, posted on Instagram that he shot 71 at Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida -- bettering his age by six shots. The 18-time major champion often laments the state of his game and joked that "just when I was getting my handicap up there" he shot his best score in some time.
Just when I was getting my handicap up there, I had to go and not only shoot just my second round under 80 since November, but better my age by six shots with a 71. But seriously, it was a great day for golf and for raising needed money for the incredible work that my friends Ernie and Liezl Els do to bring attention and support for the estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. with autism. I'm delighted I could join the big-hearted amateurs and pros in the 9th annual Els for Autism Pro-Am. I just don't recall getting a trophy this big for any second-place finishes in my career! #ernieels #elsforautism #autism #autismawareness
The annual Els for Autism Pro-Am benefits the foundation established by Els and his wife to fund research, education and support programs. Els, whose son, Ben, has autism, has built a learning center for children with autism. Last year, Rickie Fowler made a much-celebrated hole-in-one that meant a $1 million donation to the foundation.
This year's event raised more than $1 million as several PGA Tour players participated.
Nicklaus' team finished second in the event -- the Golden Bear had a record 19 second-place finishes in majors -- and he joked he had never received such a big trophy for being the runner-up.