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Tiger Woods news conference at the year's last major championship

posted 7 Aug 2012, 15:48 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 7 Aug 2012, 15:49 ]

Tiger Woods is still eyeing the Nicklaus record and looks ahead to the Olympics in Rio.

Tiger Woods spoke to reporters on Tuesday (August 7) saying he was confident of breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships but it was something that will take a long time to accomplish. .The argument in golf used to be over when Tiger Woods would beat
Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles. For the 36-year-old Woods, who has won three PGA Tour events this year but has not added to his career haul of 14 majors, there is no doubt that he can become the most successful golfer ever. But the man who once exuded such supreme confidence now suggests it may take a couple of decades for him to surpass Nicklaus.

"Well, I figure it's going to take a career. It's going to take a long time," Woods told reporters on Tuesday during practice for this week's PGA Championship, the final major of the year.

"Jack didn't finish (winning majors) his until he was 46, so if you go by that timetable, I've got 10 more years. Forty more majors is a lot. I've got plenty of time."

Woods, who won the most recent of his majors at the 2008 U.S. Open, is even thinking well beyond the age that Nicklaus called it quits, recalling the recent close calls at the British Open by fifty-somethings Tom Watson and Greg Norman.

Woods tied for eighth at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, but says he heads into his last chance of a major this season in better shape than at the same stage in the past two years. Progress has been made but the former world number one knows that it will take another major win for all the question-marks over his play to disappear.

He was in contention heading into the weekend at the last two majors - the U.S. Open and British Open - but on neither occasion was he able to make a real charge.

"I was there at the U.S. Open after two days and I was right there with a chance at the British Open," he said. "Things have progressed, but still, not winning a major championship doesn't feel very good."

Woods was also asked about the prospect of playing in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

"Well, since we haven't done it in a very long time, it'll be something else to be able to represent our country like that in the Olympic Games. I hopefully will be able to have qualified at that point in time, and I'll be 40 years old at the time."