Nicklaus: Tiger will pass my record

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Jack Nicklaus has backed Tiger Woods to regain his form and eventually surpass his own record of major victories.

Jack Nicklaus has backed Tiger Woods to regain his form and eventually surpass his own record of major victories.

At this point in time, Nicklaus still leads the way with 18 major victories, though it wasn’t so long ago that it seemed a mere formality that his record would be broken.

Back in 2008’s US Open, Woods took his 14th major title and was still riding high at the top of the world rankings, seemingly on an unstoppable march towards glory.

But all that changed in December of 2009, when Woods crashed his car outside his Florida home in the early hours of the morning.

Since then, it’s been a struggle for Woods to regain his form, and his seemingly effortless ability to win. Never mind majors, Woods hasn’t won a single event in that time.

Nevertheless, Nicklaus still believes that Woods will turn it around.

“He’s still got to do it. He has got to win five more majors and that’s a career for anybody else playing,” said the 71-year-old.

“I’m sure he will get his form back on the golf course and he will pass my record.”

Nicklaus did qualify his statement somewhat, saying that he believes technology has made it easier for modern golfers to stay competitive for longer.

Back in 1986, Nicklaus claimed another record, becoming the oldest major winner of all time when he won the masters at age 46. It still stand as a rare and spectacular achievement, but Nicklaus believes this may soon change.

“I think it’s much easier now,” he said.

“Equipment has allowed golfers to extend their careers. Golf balls go so much further today. The ability of older players to not worry about the length of a golf course is better today. Guys are a little fitter.

“To think Vijay couldn’t be a contender here is silly. Freddie Couples is playing well. I’d throw up my friend Watson. He can play pretty well.”

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