August 8, 2012
Tiger Woods still gunning for Jack Nicklaus
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - It may be four years since he last won a major championship but don't think for a minute that Tiger Woods has abandoned his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus.
Woods has been stuck on 14 major titles since he won the U.S. Open in 2008, leaving him four short of Nicklaus' 18 major titles.
"Well, I figure it's going to take a career," said Woods Tuesday, two days before the start of the final major of 2012, the PGA Championship.
"It's going to take a long time.
"Jack didn't finish his until he was 46, so if you go by that timetable, I still have 10 more years.
"I've got plenty of time. With the training regimes that we have now, we can play late in our careers. You saw what happened with Tom (Watson, who lost by a shot at the Open Championship when he was 59); Greg (Norman) almost did it at Birkdale at 54."
Even without a recent major win, Woods is still the No. 2-ranked player in the world. He leads the PGA Tour in victories, FedEx Cup points and scoring average. He's fourth on tour in total driving and ball striking after hovering around 200th in the statistic the previous two seasons. He has five top-three finishes on tour this year after not recording any in 2010 and 2011.
If he wins his 15th major championship this weekend, it will vault him back to No. 1 in the world, a position he has owned for an astounding 623 weeks in his career, until he fell off the map three years ago.
"The last couple of years, my game was not where it's at now," he said. "This year, I've won three tournaments and in there with a good chance to win a few more. Physically, my game is way different than it was last year."