Tiger Woods believes he can beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
The 40-year-old American won his 14th major at the US Open in 2008 and has not won a PGA Tour event since 2013.
He has not competed since having back surgery in September and October of 2015, and called off his return to action at the recent Safeway Open, stating his “game is vulnerable”.
Asked if he has accepted he will not beat Nicklaus’ mark, Woods replied: “I’ve accepted I’m going to get more.”
Woods was still world number one in May of 2014 but has now slipped to 802 in the rankings. He missed the entirety of the 2016 season and has not competed since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.
The four-time Masters champion will turn 41 on 30 December and Nicklaus only won one of his major titles at an older age, the 1986 Masters, aged 46.
In an interview with CBS, Woods was asked: “You believe you’ll have more than 18?” and replied “correct”.
He added: “Jack has always been one of my heroes. I looked up to him. I wouldn’t say I lusted for his record, I just think that was the gold standard.”
Woods is still hopefully of competing at the Hero World Challenge, a tournament he hosts in December.
In the aftermath of the latest delay to his comeback, six-time major winner Nick Faldo told BBC Sport “everything is stacking up against” Woods competing against the best in the world.
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/37721034