Tiger Woods on besting Jack Nicklaus' majors record: 'I have to do everything right'

Cassandra Negley

Tiger Woods has been busy. Too busy to focus on 2020 and his goals. But when asked directly, he does think the record of 18 major titles held by Jack Nicklaus is attainable.

“I think it is. I think it is,” Woods said Monday morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. “Obviously I have to do everything right like I did at Augusta and I have to have all of the pieces come together.”

Woods, who turns 44 on Dec. 30, will return to Augusta National in April 2020 as the reigning Masters champion following his comeback victory this year. It was his 15th major and the first for Woods in more than a decade. How he won is part of the reason he believes the record, once seen as a lock for the G.O.A.T., is still attainable after years away from the pinnacle.

Woods trailed on the leaderboard heading into the final round at Augusta, and with four holes to go there were still five golfers — four of whom have won majors — tied for the lead.

“I was, what, 14-1 when either leading outright or tied for the lead going into Sunday [at a major]?” Woods said on Morning Drive. “I finally broke that snide and came from behind. Who knows if I can come from behind [again]? I’ve done it different ways.

“I’ve won tournaments in different ways and I finally have won a major and done that in different ways,” Woods said. “So, who knows what the future holds?”

Woods said his game is good and he feels good. He’s been practicing around the greens to pair it with his strong iron game from the Zozo Championship in Japan in October. It was the 82nd PGA Tour victory for Woods, tying Sam Snead’s 54-year-old all-time wins record.

He won his 14th major in 2008 at the U.S Open at the age of 33, but sat at that mark for 10 years. Nicklaus’ final major victory was at the age of 46, prompting questions from fans of if Woods can still break the record.

Woods spoke from this week’s Hero World Challenge, the tournament that’s been keeping him busy as host and competitor in the Bahamas. The tournament proceeds will be split with the ONE Bahamas Fund, which is working to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, and Woods announced additional incentives for donations to the cause on Monday.

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