5 Reasons Why Tiger Woods Will Never Catch Jack Nicklaus

5 Reasons Why Tiger Woods Will Never Catch Jack Nicklaus

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Tiger Woods has won 14 majors. Jack Nicklaus won 18, the most all time. One of Tiger’s goals has always been to pass Nicklaus for the most majors. Up until Tiger’s infamous car accident and subsequent personal issues, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that he would achieve that goal. Now, it seems less and less likely that he will pass or even catch Nicklaus. Here are five reasons why he won't accomplish his goal.

5. The Competition is Better Now

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5. The Competition is Better Now

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Even those of us who have never liked Tiger can admit that at his apex, he was as dominant an athlete as we’ll ever see. Part of Tiger’s dominance was flat-out being an excellent golfer and a winner. The other part was that the competition could never keep up with him. That is no longer the case. The level of competition is now at a level such that even if Tiger plays his best, he can be beaten. That didn't use to be the case.

4. Age/Surgery

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4. Age/Surgery

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Tiger is 38 years old and he is missing the Masters and possibly the U.S. Open because he is having back surgery due to a pinched nerve. According Woods' website, he will return “sometime this summer.” He’ll definitely miss the Masters and if he misses the U.S. Open, does that instill a lot of confidence for how well Tiger would play in the PGA Championship? 2014 could almost be a lost season for Tiger.

3. His Swing

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3. His Swing

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Tiger’s swing has always been aggressive and it has put too much stress on his body over the years. He has gone through swing changes in recent years, but has his body already been put through too much? Can his body hold up long enough to pass Jack? If Tiger never goes back to the old swing in an effort to try and preserve his body, can he really win five more majors?

2. His Putting

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2. His Putting

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Part of what made Tiger so great when he was incredibly dominant was his putting. At his apex, Tiger made all kinds of putts, but the most important putts Tiger used to make were the five- or six-foot putts to save par. Now, Tiger is anything but a sure thing on the greens.

1. He No Longer Seems Invincible

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1. He No Longer Seems Invincible

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Once Tiger had a lead (particularly on a Sunday), he didn’t relinquish it. The other players felt it was all but impossible to catch Tiger. That’s not to say other players on tour didn’t have talent, but is it was powerful for Tiger to have the aura of invincibility. He no longer has that. Every player on the PGA Tour knows and truly believes that Tiger is beatable.


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