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Jack Nicklaus thinks Tiger Woods is going to break his major record

Shane Bacon
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It seems every time we turn around another golf legend is commenting on Tiger Woods' race to break Jack Nicklaus' major record, but this time it's coming from the man himself.

Nicklaus, who was in Charleston, S.C. for the opening of a pizza joint he and son Gary invested in, was asked about Tiger's run at his 18 major championship wins and said despite the drought Woods is currently in he thinks he still has a good shot at getting to and surpassing that magical number.

"If you look at it realistically, Tigers' probably got another 10 years of top golf," Nicklaus said. "That's 40 majors. Can he win five of them? I think he probably will."

Nicklaus is obviously the man that has the best idea of how hard it is to get to this number, but I tend to disagree with him on Tiger's realistic chances of getting to 18.

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The facts are simple; Woods hasn't won a major since 2008, anytime he's been in contention at a major it seems the pressure pushes him away from the lead and while Tiger is just 37-years-old (he will be 38 by the time the 2014 Masters kick off), the injury issue is definitely something that could derail his chances at winning five more majors even if he snags one or two.

Tiger has won five times this season on tour, more than any other player, but these days it seems we only measure him by the major wins. Woods knows this, and it seems when the major weeks roll around his game takes on a completely different personality, with pressure-packed golf swings and iffy putting strokes and conservative approaches even when the course calls for aggressiveness.

If there is a player in the world that could win two or three majors in a row, it is Tiger, but winning five more the way he's gone about it over the last few years sure seems like a stretch.

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