Nicklaus won by nine strokes, leaving Palmer and Player in his dust to battle for second play (they tied). Nicklaus set records for lowest score (271) and margin of victory. It wasn't until the 1997 Masters that both records were broken by Tiger Woods (and Raymond Floyd tied the 271 mark at the 1976 Masters).
Nicklaus was in his fourth PGA Tour season, and this was his second Masters victory and fourth major championship win. His combination of power, precision and putting seemed tailor-made for Augusta National, but it was particularly Nicklaus' length and strength that moved Masters founder Bobby Jones to remark, after watching Nicklaus dominate the 1965 Masters, "Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar."