Jack Nicklaus belives Tiger Woods can eclipse him
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 3178
Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are considered to be arguably the two greatest champions in golf history. Among them there are comparisons and certificates of esteem, as often happens in tennis between Rod Laver and Roger Federer.
During the Five Clubs podcast, former golf star Jack Nicklaus talked about Tiger Woods, praising the American, thinking how Woods could become the GOAT especially if Woods were to win The Masters again. He said: "I think Tiger Woods would eclipse it.
For him physically to get back and win a Masters this year, it would be absolutely fantastic. I mean, for him to come back after what he's been through and to win again, my hat would go off to him big time. I have not talked to him at all and I believe he is going to play.
When he can play and how much he can play, how much he can walk, I watched him at the father/son a little bit. He walks 10 times better than I walk, for someone almost 82 but that's besides the point. He'll figure it out, that's what he's always done - that's what champions do.
He's a champion."
Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods
Over the course of his 25-year career on the PGA circuit, Jack Nicklaus achieved 18 Majors victories between 1962 and 1986. Subsequently, between 1990 and 1996, he won 8 editions of those same tournaments in the senior version.
Both records are still unbeaten. Nicklaus also tried his hand at other collateral activities related to the world of golf, such as designing courses, writing game manuals and creating his own tournament, which was then included in the PGA circuit, the Memorial Tournament.
He, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player are credited with making golf the hugely popular sport it has become today. Nicklaus also presented 100 Greatest of All Time, a five-hour one-hour television series produced and aired by the Tennis Channel, US television channel, in March 2012.
Considered among the best golfers of all time, as well as the best of the modern era, Tiger Woods has won 110 professional tournaments, including 15 majors, in his multi-decade career, making him the most successful player in history.
He held the top spot in the world rankings for a total of 683 weeks, including 281 consecutive weeks, and is the only golfer to have won all four major tournaments of the modern era in a single year. In 2014 he became the first sportsman in the world to have exceeded a billion dollars in earnings from various sponsors.
In 2019, President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States of America. On February 23, 2021, he is involved in a car accident in Los Angeles and suffers numerous fractures in his legs.