Tiger still hunting Nicklaus
Tiger Woods insists he can still overhaul Jack Nicklaus' 18-major record despite admitting he could miss the Open.
Last Updated: 29/06/11 11:56am
Tiger Woods insists he can still overhaul Jack Nicklaus' 18-major record despite admitting his participation at the Open Championship is still in doubt.
Woods has not hit a single shot for almost seven weeks due to injury after aggravated knee and Achilles injuries at the Players Championship.
And although Woods will not compete at Royal St George's unless he is 100 per cent, the 14-time major winner believes there is no reason why he should give up his bid to pass Nicklaus.
"Absolutely not," said Woods. "He won when he was 46, right?
"I've still got some time and on top of that we're about the same pace I believe in years on Tour and majors won.
"I feel pretty confident of what my future holds and very excited about it. I'm 35, I'm not 65 - I've still got some years ahead of me.
"Golf is unlike any other sport. I mean, (Tom) Watson was 59 when he almost won (the 2009 Open)?
"We can play for a very long time. What I would like to do is play this game for as long as I want to and I feel like my best years are still ahead of me.
"I just need to get out there and practice and then implement it and put it all together."
On Rory McIlroy's eight-shot US Open victory, he added: "That was pretty good, wasn't it? That was some seriously good playing.
"He had softer conditions and he was able to go low, but also was able to continue pushing it.
"That's what's fun when you have a lead, to keep building on it and keep pushing. That was very impressive playing - to do that at a US Open to be that aggressive the entire time, that was cool to watch."