Does Jack Nicklaus Fear Tiger Woods Will Break His Record?

Published 12/29/2021, 8:45 AM EST
RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 22: Jack Nicklaus talks to Tiger Woods of the United States on the 19th tee during the Payne’s Valley Cup on September 22, 2020 on the Payne’s Valley course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Payne’s Valley Cup)


Jack Nicklaus is one of the legendary golfers with most 18 major championship victories. The 45-year-old Tiger Woods is just three majors behind Jack with 15 wins. Tiger started his career with a bang and was all set to break Jack’s record. However, multiple injuries throughout his career sort of slowed his progress down post-2010. 

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But still counting out Tiger is the last thing you want to do, as he has turned atrocities into opportunities most of the time. There is still a ray of hope for all the Tiger fans that he might get past Jack’s record. Moreover, even the great Jack Nicklaus feels that Woods might just sneak past. So does Jack Nicklaus want Tiger to break his record?

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Does Jack Nicklaus want Tiger Woods to break his record?

Jack Nicklaus, during an interview in 2019, had said that he doesn’t want Tiger Woods to break his record. “Nobody wants their records broken,” said Jack. “I don’t want him to break my records, but I don’t want him not to be able to play and not be physically sound to play. If he’s physically sound and it’s his desire to win, and he breaks it, you know, well done.”

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Jack said for Tiger to break his record, he needs his body to stay together. As dealing with injuries and playing at this age isn’t feasible for him. Moreover, his recent solo car crash has just added salt to the already exciting wounds. But thankfully, Tiger has recovered well as he saw him competing at the 2021 PNC Championship a couple of weeks back. 

THE WOODLANDS, TX – MAY 07: Jack Nicklaus hits a shot during the 3M Greats of Golf during the second round of the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club on May 7, 2016 in The Woodlands, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

However, the 15-time major championship winner is yet to recover completely. So, it will take some more time for him to return to the PGA Tour and compete against the best.

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Hence, Jack Nicklaus, even though doesn’t want Tiger to break his major championship record, Jack believes Woods might get past him. And if he does it, then Jack will be the first person to shake his hand and congratulate him. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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