One of the greatest golfers of all time offers his opinion on if the best golfer of this generation can catch golf’s most legendary record.
In a series of interviews by Yahoo! Sports, Jay Busbee of Devil Ball Golf probes Arnold Palmer on if he believes Tiger Woods can catch the magical number of 18 major victories, a record held by Jack Nicklaus.
“The psychology of getting in position and then being able to carry it forward [to a win] … when he was younger, that was pretty easy to do,” Palmer says. “Now that he’s older, it will be more difficult. He’ll have to really struggle. I think he’ll find it, I think he’s still about as good as you can get, but it’ll be difficult.”
Woods currently holds 14 major victories. Back in 2008, we all believed that it was a no-brainer that Woods would take the record after winning the U.S. Open in a playoff with Rocco Mediate.
Now in 2013, absolutely none of us thought that would still be the last major he won. Palmer believes there’s still a chance, but the opportunity is dying.
“Can he? Yes,” Palmer says, without hesitation. “But will he? That is…” Palmer pauses, weighing how to answer. He finally lifts a hand, rotating it in a “so-so” motion. “Very questionable.”