Tiger will break my record says Nicklaus
He might be pushing 37-years-of age but Tiger Woods will still break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships.
At least that’s the call from The Golden Bear himself, who has always maintained his record was made to be broken.
Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)
While Woods has been “stuck” on 14 majors since 2008, he is still regarded as a threat in every event he plays in and normally shares favouritism, these days with world No 1 Rory McIlroy, in early betting on major championships.
Indeed Nicklaus pointed out that he actually won four more majors AFTER he turned 37, which at the very worst would put Tiger alongside him with the record.
“I still think he’ll break my record,” said Nicklaus.
“I don’t think for Tiger to get four or five more – or even six or seven – is that big a stretch.”
The Masters is only weeks away and in his current form – and state of mind – Woods will certainly be eyeing a fifth green jacket.
And as usual the greatest golfer the world had produced, Nicklaus, still gets the final say.
“He [Woods] still has to go and do it,” he said.
“He hasn’t won a major in five years. He had better get on with it if he’s going to.”
Nicklaus said some time ago that he was surprised it has taken Woods this long to bounce back from the setbacks of the past three years.
“Tiger’s got such a great work ethic,” he said.
“He’s so determined to do what he wants to do. I’m surprised that he has not popped back.
“I still think he’ll break my record.”
Mind you, Nicklaus never went through a major championship drought as severe as Tiger is currently experiencing – except for the 20 majors he played between the 1980 PGA Championship at Oak Hill and his 18th and final major at the 1986 Masters when he won at the age of 46.