Can Tiger do it?
Tiger Woods has already stated that winning all four majors during this calendar year is "easily within reason." The Tiger Watch begins at this week's Masters Tournament, where some of the game's all-time greats will be keeping a close eye on Woods' pursuits. Here's how some notable former champions handicap his chances:
Jack Nicklaus: "Realistically, the Grand Slam was possible, but not likely. It was my goal to start every year. ... I think Tiger looks at it much the same way. Tiger probably even more because he has held all four of them at one time. So that's a pretty lofty goal. But for a guy like Tiger, I wouldn't put it past him."
Arnold Palmer: "I got halfway there, felt like I got a little further than halfway. I can see Tiger doing it. Since I created it about 1960, we really haven't had many people come close, except Tiger. Jack did a pretty good job of it and Gary ... but Tiger is by far the most advanced into that situation. I think a lot of that depends on just how determined he is to win the four events in one year. And of course, I think that is pretty damn exciting myself. It's something that should stimulate the golf world and certainly should stimulate Tiger because he's the guy who's on the hot spot right now."
Gary Player: "Tiger can do it. If you look at the [world ranking] system, Tiger is twice as good as anybody else. ... I've always said the word luck is the residue of design. And the harder you work, the luckier you get. And you do have to have luck."
Tom Watson: "I used to say that about Nicklaus' championship record: Nobody will surpass it. And I remember a few people saying, 'Well, the competition is so tough, nobody will ever get to there.' Well, you were wrong! I always said it's improbable that somebody is going to match [Nicklaus], but not impossible. To win four major championships, it's not impossible, but it's improbable. Well, Tiger has proved that improbable wasn't the right term, and it is possible."