He’s said it before, and he’ll say it again: Jack Nicklaus still believes that Tiger Woods will surpass his career record of 18 career majors.
“I feel very bad for Tiger,” Nicklaus said during an appearance on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this week. “He’s really worked towards my record. I still think he’ll break my record ... as long as he is physically able to do it.”
Woods, 38, has 14 major titles to his credit, the most recent coming at the 2008 U.S. Open. Back then, it seemed only a matter of time before he’d pass Jack’s mark. But -- as you may have heard -- other factors have since entered the mix.
Despite recent setbacks, Nicklaus noted, Tiger still has “another 10 years at least of being able to compete -- that’s 40 more majors to win five of them. It shouldn’t be too difficult.”
Or should it? An instant later, Nicklaus appeared to contradict himself. Sort of.
“But then again, I’ve always said he’s just gotta do it. It’s gonna be difficult, but if I said anything different I would be a jerk. So I think I better say he will do that ... and I actually believe that.”
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