Tiger Woods makes his return to golf at the Hero World Challenge on Thursday. Jack Nicklaus, also known as The Golden Bear believes that the 40-year-old could still pass his record of 18 major titles.
“I’ve always thought that he’s got at least another 10 years of good competitive golf in front of him, if he’s healthy and as talented as he is” Nicklaus said to BBC Sport.
Tiger Woods has not featured competitively for the last 16 months. He won the last of his 14 majors back in 2008 at the US Open.
The man from Cypress, California recovered from multiple back injuries before making his return to the sport again. However, the major layoff may have been more because of a mental issue than his health.
“I’ve talked to Tiger a reasonable amount in the last year or so. He keeps saying he is fine, he looks good, he’s ready to play, yet he hasn’t come back to play.” Nicklaus added.
The 76-year-old stressed that Woods has suffered more mentally than physically during his absence from golf. However, The Golden Bear believes that Tiger has the physical and mental ability to be able to handle the pressure of going out and doing it again.
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Meanwhile, Nicklaus mentioned that Golf did not suffer because of Woods’ absence. Oth the other hand a lot of good young players have come forward to help the sport.
The sport does not rely on one person’s shoulder anymore. It will be good to have Woods among the midst of the new generation golfers.
Nicklaus also highlighted that there are a couple of old guys who are playing well, including the likes of Phil Mickelson, according to Reuters.
Woods, who was once the world number one in golf for 281 consecutive weeks is currently ranked at 898th.
The 40-year-old needs to win four more majors to tie with Nicklaus’ record.