Monday, March 4, 2013
Putting Nicklaus' thoughts into perspective
By Justin Ray
Scott Halleran/Getty Images"I still think he'll break my record. Tiger's talent, at 37 ... it's not that old. I won four after that. They were spread out. It wasn't that difficult. I don't think for Tiger to get four or five more - or six or seven - is that big a stretch… "I still think he can do it. But that said, he has still got to do it. He hasn't won one in five years. He had better get with it if he's going to."
Jack Nicklaus says Tiger Woods needs to pick up his major-winning pace.
-- Jack Nicklaus on Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is four majors behind Nicklaus' record of 18. With Woods now 37, Jack may be on to something about Woods ‘getting with it.’
Only one player in golf history has won more than four majors after turning 37 -- Ben Hogan, with six.
Coincidentally, Hogan won the 1950 U.S. Open at age 37 (Woods’ age), when it was held at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia.
Where is this year’s Open to be held?
That’s right – Merion.
How difficult will winning FOUR or FIVE more majors be?
Consider this: there are only two players currently under age 40 who have multiple major titles to their name. Those players are Woods (14) and Rory McIlroy (2).
Only 18 players in the history of the sport have five majors or more. The only one of them still playing competitively on a regular basis today is Woods.
There’s a fascinating bit of symmetry for Nicklaus and Woods entering this major season. Nicklaus turned 37 in January of 1977.
Entering that April’s Masters, he had won 14 majors in 60 starts as a pro.
Woods turned 37 last December. Entering this year’s Masters – he’s won 14 majors in 60 starts as a pro.
Though he hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, consider this – he still has six more chances before he’s behind Jack’s pace. Nicklaus’ 15th major title came at the 1978 Open Championship.