Tiger Can Still Catch Jack
Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from TPC at Sawgrass last week has many commentators suggesting his career is cycling down and that it is now unlikely he will catch, let-alone surpass, Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 professional major championships. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Tiger’s chances going forward.
Certainly, years of taking that aggressive slash he calls a swing has taken a toll on Woods’ body. He has already had multiple knee surgeries, and he’s been dealing with other assorted leg injuries. That’s not unusual for golfers as they age; Nicklaus also battled injuries as he grew older, and he was never the physical specimen that Woods’ is.
Tiger is now 35; Jack was winning majors until he was 46. So that should give Woods 42 chances to win five more to exceed Nicklaus’ standard. It won’t be easy given the new generation of fine players on the rise. But it should also be noted that Jack won six of his 18 majors after he turned 35, so I don’t think it is out of the question that Woods could do the same.