AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jack Nicklaus ventured into the familiar confines of the Augusta National interview room on Tuesday to talk about the 30th anniversary of his last major triumph, the 1986 Masters, but as is normally the case the conversation eventually turned to Tiger Woods.
The man most often compared to Nicklaus is not playing here for a second time in the last three years following multiple back procedures late last year.
Woods, whose pursuit of Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships has largely defined his career, has endured an assortment of injuries in recent years and Nicklaus was asked to compare his own longevity, having won his final major at 46, to Woods’.
“I was able to manage my problems that I did have,” said Nicklaus, who won his 18 majors over 25 seasons. “Did I get sick or something like everybody else? Sure. Did I have injuries? Sure. Did I play through them? Sure, like everybody does. But they were never injuries that kept me from continuing to play.”
Nicklaus did, however, reiterate that he doesn’t think Woods’ days of winning majors are over.
“He's got to show up for his 1980 [when Nicklaus won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship at 40 years old] and his 1986. I think he'll show up for that a little bit,” Nicklaus said.