Nicklaus sounds McIlroy warning

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Jack Nicklaus has warned against overdoing the current hype surrounding Rory McIlroy.

Jack Nicklaus has warned against overdoing the current hype surrounding Rory McIlroy.

Though he believes that the 22-year-old will win many more majors, Nicklaus feels its too early to “anoint him as the crown prince”.

With McIlroy seemingly dealing with his closing round capitulation at the Masters in the best way possible, by completing a runaway eight-shot victory at the US Open two months later, many now feel golf’s new chosen one has arrived.

“I think Rory will add a lot of majors,” Nicklaus told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek show.

“Rory is a very talented young man who’s been a factor in every one of the majors over the last year.

“He could have won the Masters and the US Open, he could have won the British Open last year. He’s a talented young man we’re going to see on the scene for a long time.

“(But) Don’t anoint him as the crown prince yet,” Nicklaus added.

“He has won one major.

“When he starts to win two, three or four, then you can say he’s the guy we’ve got to watch, period.

“But until that time comes, he’s one of a group of talented players that have got an opportunity to win.”

Nicklaus was also asked if he felt like it was becomine increasingly unlikely that 14-time major winner Tiger Woods would be able to surpass his own record of 18 majors.

“If it continues the way it’s going this year, yes,” said Nicklaus.

“But he’s a very determined and talented young man and I think he’s determined to get himself healthy. He’s still plenty young enough to play a lot of good golf.

“I think you’ll see a lot from Tiger. Whether he overhauls my record or not it will be interesting to watch.”

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