When Tiger Woods Had a Bold 6-Word Prediction About Beating Jack Nicklaus’ Famous 18 Majors Record

Published 11/28/2022, 9:15 AM EST
Golf – 150th Open Championship – St Andrews, Scotland, Britain – July 11, 2022 Former golfer Jack Nicklaus and Team Woods’ Tiger Woods of the U.S. during the Celebration of Champions four hole tournament REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Tiger Woods has been making history in the field of golf ever since he turned pro. The golf legend has made millions of fans over the years during his career. And there is hardly any record that Woods has not broken yet. However, there is one pedestal set by golf star Jack Nicklaus that the fans have been expecting Woods to cross. And he once gave an unexpected prediction about making it there.

Tiger Woods’ prediction about breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record


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Woods is counted among the most talented golfers of all time. The 15-time major winner has proven that nothing is impossible for him to do when on the field. Woods is one of the very few players who have played professional tournaments while in pain due to serious injuries. Moreover, the golfer has won tournaments in such conditions.


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However, there is one thing that now seems impossible for the golfer to achieve. And it is the most awaited record for the legend as per his fans – the Jack Nicklaus record of winning 18 majors. But there was a time when Woods had an unexpected response about beating the record. When asked by PBS’ Charlie Rose if he could ever break the Nicklaus record, Woods said“To be honest with you, no.”

Woods’ response came as a shock to his fans. But if one was to think rationally, the golfer was being honest about how much the fans should expect from him. However, the golfer made sure that he didn’t leave his admirers in a hopeless state. When asked if he had accepted that, he said“I’ve accepted I’m gonna get more.”


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There was another time when Woods gave a completely different perspective towards the 18 major championships record. The golfer was in an interview when he was asked about how his room had walls covered with clippings of Jack Nicklaus’ records. However, he cleared the “misconception” of how he was never driven to break the record for the number of majors Nicklaus had won. Instead, his wall contained records that were “all age-related.”

DUBLIN, OH – JUNE 03: Tournament founder Jack Nicklaus greets Tiger Woods as he walks off the 18th green during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

He mentioned how the first time Nicklaus won a major championship, was during the US Open. While for Woods, it was during the Masters. Woods confirmed having posters of Jack Nicklaus’ records on his wall. But it had nothing to do with his 18 major victories.


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When further asked if he was able to break the golf superstar’s records that he aimed to, Woods said“I beat them all,” with all the confidence he had. Woods is no less when it comes to talent in comparison to any golfer in the world. But for him, focusing on the game and getting better is certainly more important than anything else.

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Joydeep Singh

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Joydeep Singh is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, he possesses a writing experience of more than four years now. Having picked up on following golf for quite some time now, his favorite is the legendary Tiger Woods, whose games he just does not miss.

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