40 Athletes Who Played Well Into Their 40s


Jack Nicklaus

The year Jack Nicklaus turned 40, he won his fourth U.S. Open and his fifth PGA championship. Six years later, at age 46, Nicklaus won his sixth Masters. In 2011, he told Golf Digest, “By 1986 I was not the player I was 15 years earlier. And I’ve always felt the Masters was a young man’s tournament because of the speed of the greens, the firmness of the course and the demands it puts on your nerves… I might have been 46, but my nerves were still good. And I did not want to leave the game playing poorly.”