Tiger Woods’ Pursuit of Jack Nicklaus: Where Things Stand Today

By Kyle Farris
at Internationaled.org

Published: May 30, 2012

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It was supposed to be a gimme.  When Tiger Woods valiantly captured his 14th major championship at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, his quest to pass Jack Nicklaus’ total of 18 majors seemed more inevitable than a 3-foot putt. And Tiger Woods didn’t miss gimmes.

But much has changed since Woods hoisted the U.S. Open Trophy that summer.  Namely, everything.

After missing the second half of 2008 while recovering from knee surgery, Woods returned to the scene in 2009, winning six times.  All of his goals appeared well within reach.  But then came that infamous November night when everything came toppling down.

We may never know exactly what happened that night, but we’re all familiar with the fallout.  The late-night car accident, the divorce, and of course, the cocktail waitresses, were all thrust into the limelight.  His life open to public scrutiny, Woods not only lost favor with fans and sponsors, but struggled on the golf course as well.

Accustomed to winning several tournaments and a major championship seemingly every season, Woods failed to reach the winner’s circle for over two years.  He changed his golf swing, his coach, and his caddy, but couldn’t change his results.

That was until several months ago, when Woods won the Chevron World Challenge, which he followed up with a masterful performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.  But the occasional win doesn’t quench his thirst for victory.  And it won’t result in him passing Nicklaus, either.



Woods’ career is currently at a crossroads, which could lead to mediocrity just as easily as it could lead to a return to greatness.  Even he has to admit that surpassing 18 majors isn’t the formality it seemed four years ago.

But Woods does have time on his side.  At 36 years old, he has 14 major vict...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Golf

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