A golden prediction


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Predictably, much of the talk under the famed oak tree outside Augusta National’s clubhouse was about Tiger Woods’ much-anticipated mass media Q&A. Most observers were complimentary of the world No. 1’s bout with the nation’s golf scribes.

In fact, one of the game’s most influential voices viewed it as another important step toward history. On Tuesday Jack Nicklaus was asked if he still thought Woods would reach his record of 18 major championships.

“I thought this year will have a lot to do with that. If he didn’t play this year he would have had a hard time,” said Nicklaus, who leads Woods by four Grand Slam tilts. “But now I think the chances are pretty darn good. If he doesn’t (reach 18) I’d be surprised.”

High praise, indeed.