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Faldo backs Nicklaus to hold onto major record

By: | Tue 13 Nov 2012

Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Nick Faldo winner of 6 majors backed Jack Nicklaus to remain the all time leader in major wins. Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors and his nearest rival, Tiger Woods has been stuck on 14 for the past 4 years and has not won one of the big four since 2008. 

Woods at one stage looked a sure thing to pass Nicklaus, that was until issues in his private life and injury saw him drop outside the top 50 in the world. Despite 3 wins in 2012 and a rise to No.2 in the rankings Faldo is still not convinced that Woods will reach that magic 19th major. He commented:

"I think its slim, if people want a yes or no, I'd lean towards a no" he went on to say: “As you get older the little demons sit on your shoulder, you’ve seen one too many bad shots at the wrong time, and it starts to eat away at you.”

As for the reasons that Woods is not winning majors at the moment, he said:

“A lot of people thought he would just deal with it (Woods’ private-life problems) and get back on the golf course, but he seriously mentally scarred himself and it’s not going to be as easy as people think.

“He wrecked that wonderful tranquility you get of going to the golf course on a practice day and tipping out a bag of balls and just thinking of golf. … Slowly things have changed in his golf swing – physically, mentally, technically – and it’s a harder climb right now. Sure he can come back and do things, but it won’t be as dominant like he was

He added that young players were no longer "scared" Woods and that he was simply now just a "Normal, (but) very very good golfer"


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