THE MASTERS 2014

  10 - 13 April

Masters legend Jack Nicklaus surprised by lack of conversation with Tiger Woods

Last Updated: 11/04/13 11:00pm

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Tiger and Jack all smiles at The Memorial, but the pair are rarely seen together

Tiger and Jack all smiles at The Memorial, but the pair are rarely seen together

Jack Nicklaus has admitted that he has never been approached for advice by Tiger Woods.

The six-time Masters champion revealed he rarely conversed with Woods, who remains determined to overhaul the Golden Bear's record haul of 18 major titles.

"I get along fine with Tiger. I like Tiger. I don't have an issue with Tiger. There's always pleasantries and so forth."
Jack Nicklaus

After hitting one of the ceremonial opening tee shots along with Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, Nicklaus conceded he was surprised that Woods had kept his distance.

"I never really had a conversation with Tiger that lasted more than a minute or two, ever," Nicklaus said. "He stayed away from me from a conversation standpoint.

"We've never had a conversation on the Masters in general. I've said, 'Hello, how are you doing? Nice playing this year. You've played very well.' End of conversation. People ask me, 'Has Tiger ever talk to you about his record?' Never one word.

Own focus

"He's got his own focus and what he does, and I respect that. I respect when somebody is involved in their deal. They concentrate on what they do and not what you did.

"That's OK. It's not my position to go talk to him about it. I respect that. I wouldn't intrude on that.

"I get along fine with Tiger. I like Tiger. I don't have an issue with Tiger. There's always pleasantries and so forth.

"I asked him when he came to Florida if we wanted to come to The Bear's Club, but he stayed away from it. He didn't want to intrude where I was.

"He never told me why, but other people told me, 'He says he didn't feel comfortable being there where I was because that was a record he was trying to break.'

"But everybody has their own personality. That's not a fault. It's not a criticism. It just is what it is."

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