Tiger Woods wants to surpass Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead, says Denis Pugh

Last Updated: 26/03/13 11:14am

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Woods (R) wants to smash Nicklaus' Major haul, says Pugh

Woods (R) wants to smash Nicklaus' Major haul, says Pugh

Tiger Woods is back at world number one - and he has plenty more accolades in his sights.

That's the view of Sky Sports pundit Denis Pugh after 14-time Major winner Woods seized his eighth Arnold Palmer Invitational crown on Monday and leapfrogged Rory McIlroy in the rankings.

Pugh reckons the American, who now has 77 PGA Tour titles to his name, will be looking to break some of the golfing records held by the game's greats, while Peter Oosterhuis thinks the 37-year-old is now a red-hot favourite for April's Masters.

Of Woods, who has not won a Major since the 2008 US Open, Pugh said: "Tiger doesn't want to win just one Major, he wants to take Jack Nicklaus' Major haul (18) and Sam Snead's record of 82 wins on the PGA Tour."

Oosterhuis added: "I don't know whether Tiger needs a Major to prove he is back, but he'll certainly be planning to win the Masters and he is the favourite right now because he is playing that well.

Phenomenal

"Steve Striker's putting help before Doral a few weeks ago has really paid off; he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship there and his putting at Bay Hill this week was phenomenal again. He is looking very comfortable."

Woods, who beat England's Justin Rose by two strokes in Orlando, will be absent from the field for Thursday's Shell Houston Open, but deposed world number one McIlroy will be in action.

Pugh believes the Ulsterman needs to put in an impressive display at the Redstone Golf Club and show that he is ready to scrap with Woods for big trophies - but he says the two-time Major champion could have his work cut out.

"Rory has to find some form and get content ahead of the Masters, but if he wins Houston it sends out another big message and proves that he is up for the fight," said Pugh.

"With the talent Rory has you expect him to do something big, but Tiger has won one in four events on the PGA Tour which is an amazing statistic."

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