News & ToursFebruary 20, 2015

Jack Nicklaus says Tiger will break his record for the millionth time.

We're not sure if Jack Nicklaus has actually said it a million times, but it wouldn't be that surprising. Every now and again someone will corner the Golden Bear and ask him if he thinks Tiger will break his record of 18 major championships, and each time he says basically the same thing: Yes. "I still do. Why would I not think that?," Nicklaus said on Friday. "He's too dedicated, he works too hard at it, he's got too much talent. He'll figure it out."

He repeats that same notion whenever he's asked about it, yet we keep asking him, over and over and over again. What's that definition of insanity again?

In case you don't believe us, here are just a few times Nicklaus has said basically the same thing about Tiger. Credit to him for staying on-point:


"You can probably take Arnold's Masters and my Masters, add them together, and this kid should win more than that."

View image | 2000

"I would be delighted to have Tiger break my records. If he has the desire and inclination to stick with it the next 15 years and work at it, I'm going to be the first one there to congratulate him. I hope I'm there to congratulate him."


"As for people thinking I favor a rollback in equipment because I don't want Tiger to break my record, going back to older-style equipment would help, not hurt, Tiger because his skill level would make a bigger difference. If we took equipment back today, he might win 30 majors instead of 20."


"Do I still think Tiger will break my record? Yeah, I think he probably will. He is a very dedicated, hard-working golfer."

View image | 2012

"I've said many times, I think he has a lot of talent, a lot of desire and I think his desire his whole life has been built around breaking my record, and I still think that his chances are very good of it and probably will."


"I've said, and I continue to say it, 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. 2014 But I've said it, and I continue to say it, that I still expect him to break my record.

2013 (again)

"I still expect him to break my record. I think he's just too talented, too driven, and too focused on that."


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