Despite the fact that Tiger Woods has failed to win a major title since 2008, Jack Nicklaus is confident that his record of 18 major championships will fall to Woods some day – he just doesn’t know when. The Golden Bear says it’s really just a matter of mathematics. “If you look at it realistically, Tigers’ probably got another 10 years of top golf,” the 72-year old Nicklaus said. “That’s 40 majors. Can he win five of them? I think he probably will.”
I tend to agree with Nicklaus. Sure, Woods has struggled at big events in recent years, but he’s bound to get things turned around at some point. And when I say struggled, I mean that Woods hasn’t won. He placed well in several of the big events this year – he won the PLAYERS Championship, finished T4 at The Masters and T6 at the Open Championship. That just doesn’t happen by luck. It’s only a matter of time until Woods picks up that elusive 15th major, which could very well send him on a run of major victories.
Nicklaus understands that Woods’ failure to pick up a major title over the last five years has a great deal to do with how Woods has played, but it’s also because he has to face “as many good players as we’ve ever had in the game,” Nicklaus said.
Woods is simply too good of a golfer to continue to be denied major victories. He has close on a few occasions this year and he won the “unofficial fifth major”. Maybe his win at this year’s PLAYERS should count has half of a major title?