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Jack Nicklaus: If Tiger wins the Masters again then he’s eclipsed my accomplishments

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Tiger mania knows no end.

Having not played a main tour event for over a year and dropping outside of the world’s top 500, the mere sighting of Woods on the range caused as much interest as anyone’s victory in 2021.

Take it up a notch when hosting the Hero Challenge in early December and go higher at the PNC Championship when, with Charlie, Tiger and son shot 58 to finish sole runner-up to Johns Daly I and II.

The debate then started. How long before we see him fully fit? When will his next ‘proper’ event be? Will he take in The Masters 2022? And, of course, has he got it in him still to break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 Majors?

Daly certainly thought so, and in late December, we reported on the thoughts he shared recently:

”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.”

As for The Golden Bear, he recently appeared on the Five Clubs podcast where he was, predictably, asked about Tiger’s likely attempt at winning his sixth Masters, a total that would equal his own.

Should he manage it despite a history of physical problems, Nicklaus said –

 “I think it would eclipse it. For him physically to get back and win a Masters this year, it would be absolutely fantastic. I mean, for him to come back after what he’s been through and to win again, my hat would go off to him big time.

 I have not talked to him at all and I believe he is going to play. When he can play and how much he can play, how much he can walk, I watched him at the father/son a little bit – he walks 10 times better than I walk, for someone almost 82 but that’s besides the point.

 He’ll figure it out, that’s what he’s always done – that’s what champions do. He’s a champion.”

Nicklaus won his final Green Jacket at 46, some 23 years after his first. Tiger potentially goes for an equalling sixth at the same age and 25 years after his initial win.

Looks like Tiger mania will just keep going.

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  1. Pingback: ‘He’s a one dimensional player’ – What the top analysts said before Tiger’s dominant 1997 Masters win – GolfWRX

  2. frankcichon

    Jan 11, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Tiger was very lucky to win his last Masters…..weather got him in the last group…that alone adds at least a stroke or two to the others in his group (once Tiger holes out a thousand or so idiots start running to the next tee…a 4 foot putt now is as hard as a 8-10 footer the the other players in the group. Teeing off last on 12 was another break he got.

  3. Dj

    Jan 9, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Tiger is already the GOAT

  4. Paulo

    Jan 9, 2022 at 1:13 am

    There’s more chance of Jack
    Winning another masters than Tiger. People need to get a grip thinking he’ll walk four rounds at Augusta anytime soon

    • jones

      Jan 9, 2022 at 11:45 am

      You’re one of those guys who was betting against Apple in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2020. I’ll say he at least plays Augusta this year, 2022.

      • Brian

        Jan 9, 2022 at 7:37 pm

        Apple isn’t a human being whose abilities fade with age. Find a better analogy

  5. BD

    Jan 8, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    While Jack was always supremely confident in his game, he’s never been one to blow his own horn.

    Class act, always.

    • geohogan

      Jan 9, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      Class act for sure. Just another reason Nicklaus is the G.O.A.T.

  6. Tyler Durden

    Jan 8, 2022 at 11:09 am

    That’ll be one hell of a celebration at mar-a-lago with the well done steaks and Diet Coke.

    • TW

      Jan 11, 2022 at 7:22 am

      If I win another Masters, I’ll be celebrating at the local Perkins. I really like their takeout too.

  7. Paul

    Jan 7, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    He’s done. Might’ve been done before the accident. He was playing pretty bad and had a 5th back surgery. Be lucky to play again. Zero chance he can compete against these guys now. Augusta will be too difficult a walk.

    • Paul the Almighty Predicktor

      Jan 8, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Hang in there Paul. Some day your prediction will come true and you can run around and tell everybody I told you so and get internet points.

    • He's done...again

      Jan 8, 2022 at 5:24 pm

      It’s amazing how often he’s done and still manages to be the Greatest Of All Time. What a guy, huh?

  8. jj

    Jan 7, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Jack was 46 when he won ’86 Masters

    • Brian

      Jan 8, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      Jack also didn’t have a surgically repaired kneed, fused vertebrae, and a leg he nearly lost a year prior to that win. I don’t like speaking in absolutes and may eat these words, but Tiger will never win another major.

  9. 8thehardway

    Jan 7, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    If Tiger pins this to his ‘fridge, I’m putting DraftKings on Spee Dial

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Pro makes bogey at PGA Championship due to a mischievous squirrel 

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As far as bad breaks go at the PGA Championship this week, Richard Bland can safely say he suffered the worst.

The Englishman may not have been threatening to make the cut at Southern Hills, but he certainly wasn’t helped by lady luck after an unruly squirrel caused him to make a bogey on Friday.

A fan-taken video of the incident was given some context from Bland on Twitter, who explained:

“You know it’s not going to be your week when you play a good recovery shot from under the trees & this little fella gets in the way. To top it off. The ball rolls back off the green and don’t get up & down.”

Check it out below.

Unfortunately for Bland, he was unable to replace the ball from the point the squirrel had stopped it as the ball had not come to rest. Per the USGA rules:

“If your ball is moved by an outside influence, such as an animal or a spectator, there is no penalty to anyone and the ball must be replaced. When your ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped, there is no penalty and you will normally play the ball from wherever it lies.”

Bland is heading home early after finishing the week at 10 over par.

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‘I didn’t recognize him at first’ – Mickelson’s mother says ‘relaxed’ Lefty has a surprising new look

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Phil Mickelson isn’t defending his PGA Championship this week at Southern Hills, something which his old foe Tiger Woods described as “disappointing” in his pre-tournament press conference.

The 51-year-old has stepped away from the sport after receiving heavy backlash for his links to LIV Golf, whose Saudi backers he described as “scary…to deal with” while advising that they were a way of leveraging with the PGA Tour and their “obnoxious greed.”

In a phone interview this week with USA TODAY Sports, Mickelson’s mother, Mary, gave an update on her son, who is sporting a new look giving him the chance to go out and about without receiving too much attention.

“I didn’t recognize him at first. He had a little bit of a beard and mustache. I don’t ever remember him doing that before. Not too many people recognize him, so it’s been fun to be able to go out with him.”

Mary revealed that Lefty is “happy and relaxed”, spending most of his time in his Rancho Santa Fe, Calif, estate, which he leaves to watch his nephew play Little League baseball and his niece play lacrosse.

“I wish you could see him now. He’s relaxed, he laughs all the time. He’s not on the phone with people that are calling him for this and that, and please play in this tournament, and it’s hard when you have to say no, when you don’t have the time to spend.

But he has taken a lot of time with our family…Tim and Tina, his brother and sister, have mentioned that too. How happy he seems. How relaxed and comfortable. And if it means going through all of this … I’m happy for him.”

As for golf? Mary Mickelson says they don’t discuss the sport but that golf fans will see “a different person if” Phil decides to make a return.

“We don’t talk about [golf] very much. I know when he comes to visit, we’re always in the backyard putting and chipping and just playing around. I guess he’s getting out there. I really don’t know for sure.”

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Korn Ferry Tour pro leaves clubs on airport carousel in incredible chase to make tee time

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It’s your job, so I guess you have to do it.

Most golf fans will be used to the tales of the struggles of the end of year Q-school and the plight of mini-tour players, even maybe the list of reserves for each tournament.

But the 18th alternate!?

Korn Ferry Tour player James Nicholas had something of an interesting journey on Wednesday, when late at night he received a call letting him know he was now the first alternate for the AdventHealth Championship starting less than 24 hours later.

When receiving the call, the Yale graduate was sitting in Westchester County, New York, some 1000 miles away from the tournament location in Kansas City, Missouri. Starting the event as a reserve was a possibility, but first he needed to get there on time.

In what was an almost impossible chase, Nicholas got the first flight he could but found his plane delayed by 90 minutes – this was becoming an  increasingly impossible journey.

“Why would I go when I know it will take a miracle for me to get in?” Nicholas shared on Instagram. “Because it’s my job, and I’ll do anything for just a chance.”

Miracles happen and from 18th alternate on May 13th to first on May 18th, at 9:52am on May 19th Nicholas was now informed he was in the tournament!

Having finally landed in the Midwest, the 25-year-old found he had no time to wait for his luggage at the baggage carousel and had to rush to the Blue Hills Country Club without clubs, shoes or glove!

Fortunately the head club pro lent Nicholas all the equipment he needed, allowing him to compete and finish the round in four-over par 76 – some way behind the leaders.

If fortune follows the brave, then he will make the cut later today.

If not, nobody can blame a trier!

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