Despite the fact that Tiger Woods will remain stuck on 14 career majors for at least the next seven months, Jack Nicklaus believes the odds still favor the current world No. 1 in his quest for a record 19 titles.
Speaking at the opening of a South Carolina pizza restaurant in which he and son Gary are investors, Nicklaus explained that Woods remains likely to match and even surpass his record total of 18 majors despite his current drought that now spans more than five years.
'If you look at it realistically, Tiger's probably got another 10 years of top golf,' Nicklaus told the Associated Press. 'That's 40 majors. Can he win five of them? I think he probably will.'
Though he believes the 37-year-old will some day become golf's most decorated major champion, the 73-year-old Nicklaus admitted that Woods faces an ever-growing burden of expectation until he breaks a winless streak that dates back to the 2008 U.S. Open.
'Each time you don't win, obviously, makes it harder,' he added.
While Woods has five titles to his credit this season, including a pair of WGC events and The Players Championship, he went 0-for-4 in the majors, with his best result coming when he tied for fourth at the Masters. The venues of golf's four biggest events in 2014 include Augusta National, Royal Liverpool (British Open) and Valhalla Golf Club (PGA Championship), each of which have previously hosted a major that Woods went on to win.