Speaking to the press on Tuesday at The Memorial, tournament host Jack Nicklaus said there were times he wished he would have played harder to expand the gap between his majors record and the man who is now chasing it — Tiger Woods, of course.
Nicklaus has accepted it’s just a matter of time for it to happen.
“Do I still think Tiger will break my record? Yeah, I think he probably will. He is a very dedicated, hard-working golfer. But then again, I always said you have to do it. It’s not just a gimme, you have got to go do it. We’ll watch.”
While admitting he could have focused on competing more in his prime, he explained, “[Golf] just wasn’t that big a priority. I was playing because I enjoyed playing a little bit. But that was just the time when all my kids were growing up, getting involved in different sports, doing different things.”
No regrets there.
If and when Tiger does break the 18 major championship mark, Nicklaus does have one small request for him.
“My career is what it was and what it is, and my record is what it is,” he said. “But I said firmly that will be broken by Tiger. If it is, it’s okay. I just want to be the first one there to shake his hand.”