Last Updated: April 10, 2013 5:17pm
Jack Nicklaus is backing Tiger Woods to break his record of 18 majors
Jack Nicklaus has insisted that he still expects Tiger Woods to break his all-time record of 18 major championship titles.
Woods looks to have rediscovered something like his best form this season, winning three times already and reclaiming the world No 1 ranking from Rory McIlroy.
However, his last major success remains the 2008 US Open, when he defied serious injury to beat Rocco Mediate in a play-off.
Despite his recent drought, Nicklaus believes the 37-year-old still has the time and desire to eclipse his record, although he warned that failure to win at Augusta this week could prove a significant setback.
"I've said it, and continue to say, that I still expect him to break my record," Nicklaus said. "I think he's just too talented, too driven and too focused on that."
"He has played very well this spring. I think if he wins here that it would be a very large step toward regaining the confidence, in that he has not won a major in a while.
"He's going to have to figure it out. But I think if he figures it out here it will be a great boost for him. If he doesn't figure it out here, after the spring he has had, I think it will be a lot tougher for him."
"I've said it, and continue to say, that I still expect him (Tiger Woods) to break my record. I think he's just too talented, too driven and too focused on that."
"Obviously the older he gets and if he doesn't win, it makes my record move out further.
"From this point, he has got to win five majors, which is a pretty good career for most people to start at age 37."
While Woods already has four Green Jackets in his collection, his last victory at Augusta National came some eight years ago back in 2005.
However, Nicklaus does not think Woods has lost his touch, pointing to the fact he has contended in almost every renewal he has played at the hallowed venue.
"He's in contention every year," Nicklaus continued. "I go back and look at my record here. I won in '63, '65 and '66 and then I didn't win again until '72 and then I won in '75 and then I went 11 years until '86.
"A career is not made over a couple years. I don't think it's any big deal."
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