Jack Nicklaus, holder of the PGA record for most career major wins, said that he expects Tiger Woods to make a run at his (Nicklaus’) mark. Woods has 14 major victories in his career; Nicklaus has 18.
Nicklaus touched on the topic when asked about his opinions regarding the upcoming PGA Championship at Oak Hill (via Reuters):
Obviously Tiger has had a very, very good year. He has not finished off a couple of majors that he has had an opportunity to be involved in. You would be pretty hard pressed to make him, if not the favorite, one of the favorites going into Oak Hill. He will play Oak Hill well, he will control his golf ball there and manage his game well, just as he does every week.
Will he win more majors? I think so. When? I don’t know.
Nicklaus also talked about Tiger’s drought of five years without a major victory, crediting Woods’ competition in the process:
I don’t know what is happening in his head, between his ears. Each person handles things differently. Certainly, winning four times this year he had to have something that was working properly between the ears coming down the stretch in those tournaments. Something prevented him from winning the majors that have been played so far.
But then again maybe you’ve got to give Adam Scott (Masters), Justin Rose (U.S. Open) and Phil Mickelson a little bit of credit for playing better. That’s the way I look at it.
The PGA Championship at Oak Hill begins on August 8th.