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Mon Apr 21 02:38:58 SAST 2014

Nicklaus has doubts about Tiger

TEAMtalk Media | 17 July, 2012 12:540 Comments
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Tiger Woods of the United States is seen during the second practice round prior to the start of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes on July 17, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England
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Jack Nicklaus believes that the emergence of a number of young guns could prevent Tiger Woods from breaking his record of 18 major titles.

Woods currently sits with 14 major titles to his name, but problems in his personal life and a loss of form mean that he has not won a major since the 2008 US Open.

Since then there have been a host of first time and repeat winners, with competition for major victories tougher than ever.

While Woods overtook Nicklaus in the all-time PGA Tour winners list earlier this month, the Golden Bear fears that Woods may have lost his chance to break the major record, with his aura of invincibility shattered.

"I've said many times that his work ethic is so good and his desire to pass my record is there, and I think he is still plenty young enough," said Nicklaus.

"I believe he can but he has still got to do it. As each tournament passes he has less chance."

"I don't think the guys are scared of him like they were," he added.

"When you looked at it six, seven years ago, under the age of 30, Tiger was the only player in the US tour that had more than one win.

"Now you've got multiple guys with multiple wins under the age of 30.

"The game has grown to a degree that we have more and more good players.

"With Rory coming along, Rickie Fowler coming along you've got Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Luke Donald. Every week you have another, Marc Leishman the other week.

"That makes it more difficult for Tiger to do what he has to do.

"There isn't a player playing today who has five majors.

"But the guy is so talented, that's why I think he has a chance."

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