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John Daly: Tiger will probably beat Jack Nicklaus in major wins

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Whilst Tiger and Charlie Woods were the headline story of the last week, let’s not forget winners, John Daly and son John II, who were two shots clear at the line with a superb all-round display from the two-time major winner and Arkansas freshman.

After the win and what was a modest on-course interview, the 55-year-old appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss their victory and his thoughts on Tiger’s comeback just 10 months after that well-documented car accident.

Daly was happy to compare the situation with that of the legendary Ben Hogan, who won the 1951 U.S Open just a year-and-a-half after a car accident that almost cost the lives of the golfer and his wife.

“It’s Tiger. You know, it’s like the Ben Hogan accident, I think Ben Hogan came back and won a few majors after that. Luckily, I don’t think Tiger’s was as severe as Ben Hogan’s.

Probably didn’t have the technology to fix Ben Hogan’s body like they did Tiger’s.”

Hogan, in fact, won six Majors after that fateful day in 1949 and with Tiger, at 46, almost at the same age as Jack Nicklaus when he won his 18th and final Major, he will need to create even more history if he wants to surpass The Golden Bear by winning at least four more.

The 1991 PGA and 1995 Open Championship winner clearly believes that Tiger can overcome age, fitness and health, though, commenting:

“I think Tiger’s gonna be fine. He looked good. He looked a little tired, but he still looked great. He’ll be back, and I could see it in his eyes; he’s probably gonna beat Jack Nicklaus’s records and be the greatest of all time.”

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  1. Pingback: Jack Nicklaus: If Tiger wins the Masters again then he’s eclipsed my accomplishments – GolfWRX

  2. Just asking

    Dec 26, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Who has the most wins?….

    • Will

      Dec 26, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      It’s all about majors.ask any great player. 37 top 2 finishes.

  3. Will

    Dec 26, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Zero percent chance Tiger beats Jack. He was nearly done before the accident. Played average up to then and had a 5th back surgery. Let’s just hope he’s able to play and be moderately competitive.

  4. geohogan

    Dec 26, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Tiger will have to beat Jacks record in Majors to be consdered G.O.A.T.

  5. PD

    Dec 22, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Jason Daniel needs to learn his golf history. Ben Hogan won six majors after his car accident.

    In a 10 year span after the accident, he won 3 US Opens and never finished out of the top 10. Also his age then in those 10 years was 37 to 47. And when he won 3 majors in 1953, he was 42 years old.

    Besides doctors telling Mr. Hogan he would never walk again because his legs were nearly crushed, he was basically blind in his left eye from the accident.

    Mr. Hogan’s comeback is far greater than anything Tiger will ever do. Tiger will never be the GOAT!!!

    • Jason Daniels

      Dec 23, 2021 at 7:44 am

      Thanks PD.

      Of course you are correct, and I had 6 written down originally. However, thanks for your help and it’s been amended.

      For the record, whilst I’m not getting involved in who was involved in the ‘greatest’ comeback, I sadly doubt Tiger will win the required number to pass Jack.

      Whether that makes him, or any of the others the GOAT is a debate for another day!

    • Byron

      Dec 24, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      He’s been the GOAT for about 15 years now pal. Go back in your hole.

  6. Ell

    Dec 22, 2021 at 11:48 am

    If the USGA/PGA denies his request to ride in a cart, he will never be able to walk the hills of Augusta or any hilly course for that matter, consequently the GOAT of all time, Jack Nicklaus’s record will remain intact. Wins on the Champions Tour don’t count.
    By the way why wasn’t Gary Player shown on TV during the PNC? More bias by the Golf Channel and CBS.

  7. frank cichon

    Dec 22, 2021 at 11:13 am

    never wii

  8. BC

    Dec 22, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Its obvious that John is still drinking to excess!!

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The rumored real reason why Phil Mickelson withdrew from the PGA Championship

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Nobody apart from themselves really knew if Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods would take their places in Southern Hills next week.

Whilst speculation was rife, neither player had made any firm commitment to the championship and Mickelson’s management team had always stated that, “Phil currently has no concrete plans on when and where he will play. Any actions taken are in no way a reflection of a final decision made, but rather to keep all options open.”

The latest reports are that while Tiger will be teeing it up and is currently practicing on the course, but we now know that Mickelson will not be defending his PGA Championship this year at Oklahoma, the news broken by the PGA of America on social media on Saturday:

The news was a body-blow not only to the player himself, but to golf fans and the tournament, an event that saw the 51-year-old become the oldest ever major winner when victorious at Kiawah Island.

Of course, most thinking was that the withdrawal of Mickelson was linked to the initial LIV Golf event in London on June 9th.

However, despite applying for the requisite request for a release from the PGA Tour to play at the Centurion Club, neither the player nor chairman of the series, Greg Norman, have confirmed that Mickelson will end his (self-imposed?) exile in two weeks time.

Indeed, over the weekend, Matt Ginella of the Fire Pit Collective reported on the ‘San Diego rumor mill’, suggesting that Mickelson was not playing well at all in local events.

It’s a theme that appears to be backed up by 6-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo, who also suggested that the 51-year-old wouldn’t have had time to get his game in order with all the noise that’s been going on around him.

Either way, the 2022 PGA Championship goes ahead without its defending champion in sight.

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Tour pro becomes first player to be disqualified for violating updated rule

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In 2019, Alex Cejka was disqualified mid-way through the Honda Classic for an infringement of the green-reading book, and three years later it has happened again.

At PGA National, the 51-year-old German was guilty of using a greens guide that did not fit the “size to scale” of the new regulation books and, having again amended the rules, the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee had no option but to disqualify the defending champion from the Regions Tradition after the third round on Saturday.

At the start of the year, the ruling authorities agreed to limit the advice and detail in green-reading material, stating that it wanted the game to “return to a position where players and caddies use only their skill, judgment and feel along with any information gained through experience, preparation and practice to read the line of play on the putting green.”

Winner of two majors in 2021, the committee found Cejka guilty of using “a yardage book that had not been approved for the competition by the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee.”

Cejka’s career record suggests that this latest transgression is the eighth time that he has been sent home early from a professional tournament. He would probably not have challenged here after a third-round 66, with Steve Stricker, his victim at last year’s play-off, going back-to-back for yet another title.

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‘Go **** yourself Shark’ – Major champ’s scathing attack on Greg Norman

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It’s been a rough week for Greg Norman, and it hasn’t got much better over the weekend.

Winner of the 1990 PGA Championship, Wayne Grady has ripped into compatriot Greg Norman on social media, saying, “Greg is only about Greg.”

Norman, two-time winner of The Open Championship, has been headlining in the golf media for many months, his leadership of the Saudi Golf League, now the LIV Golf International Series, becoming further embroiled in rows between players and their respective authorities.

During interviews to further highlight the cause of the series, set to open at the Centurion Club in London on June 9th, Norman appeared to excuse the human rights record of Saudi Arabia, saying, “we all make mistakes.”

The comments appalled many, whilst Amnesty International called his comments “wrong and seriously misguided.”

However, Grady, co-runner-up with Norman when play-off losers behind Mark Calcavecchia at Royal Troon in 1989, did not hold back in such a diplomatic manner.

In the message posted on Facebook Grady makes two comments. The first is that Norman should stop saying ‘the PGA’ as opposed to ‘the PGA Tour’, the second that the Chairman of the LIV organisation has been “trying to take down the (PGA) tour for 30 years.”

Grady lets it all fly as he informs readers that, “the admiration I had for him (Norman) for what he has achieved and what he did for Australian golf is gone.”

He continues the rant, “For him to try and trivialize what the greats before him did to grow and create what the PGA Tour is today is an absolute disgrace.”

In conclusion, the 64-year-old two-time winner of the Australian PGA Championship, tells Norman that, “I went to Jack Newton’s memorial service yesterday and was surrounded by true professional golfers who believe in ,loyalty and history. GFY Shark.”

In a week that should see the joyful start of the second major, the PGA Championship, the impending release of Alan Shipnuck’s unofficial autobiography of Phil Mickelson, as well as speculation as to who has signed to play the first LIV event, looks like taking some of the limelight away from a tremendous looking field at Southern Hills.

That, for many, is unfortunate.

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