Sample of Tour pros divided on Tiger vs Jack


It's become one of the most popular debate questions among golf fans and media alike, and now even PGA Tour pros are divided over whether or not Tiger Woods can catch and surpass Jack Nicklaus' career total of 18 majors. recently polled 50 Tour pros under the protection of anonymity, with questions covering a wide range of topics tied to the game. The group was asked to predict the total number of majors Woods, who recently turned 38 years old, will add to his current haul of 14 trophies.

The votes broke down as follows: six percent believe Woods will never win another major, while two percent feel he will add a single title and 28 percent think he has two more majors left in the tank. Eighteen percent think he will win three more, which would leave him just shy of Nicklaus' mark, while 20 percent feel he will win four more to equal Nicklaus and 26 percent think he will eventually own the record outright, adding five or more majors before the end of his career.

When crowning the best caddie on Tour, the vote was again split: 14 percent supported both Joe LaCava, who caddies for Woods, and Jim "Bones" MacKay, who caddies for Phil Mickelson. Webb Simpson's caddie, Paul Tesori, was third with 12 percent, while Steve Williams and Mike "Fluff" Cowan rounded out the top five with 10 and eight percent of the vote, respectively.

The players were also asked to assess the prospects of another player who recently celebrated a birthday, Sergio Garcia. Sixty percent believe the Spaniard, who turned 34 earlier this month, will win a major at some point in his career, while 38 percent feel he will remain winless in golf's four biggest events.

Other questions of note: 46 percent of players polled have not paid for a single round of golf since joining the PGA Tour, 64 percent have been hit on by a female fan during a round, and 38 percent would be "tempted" to try performance-enhancing drugs if they were legal.