Time is on my side to beat Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles: Woods

Updated: Aug 08, 2012, 15:10 PM IST

South Carolina : Ace golfer Tiger Woods, who has won three PGA Tour events this year, but not added to his career haul of 14 majors, has said time is on his side and it can take a decade to beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.

There is no doubt that 36-year-old Woods can become the most successful golfer ever.

“Well, I figure it`s going to take a career. It`s going to take a long time,” Woods told reporters on Tuesday during practice for this week`s PGA Championship, the final major of the year.

“Jack didn`t finish (winning majors) his until he was 46, so if you go by that timetable, I`ve got 10 more years. Four more majors is a lot. I`ve got plenty of time. With the training regimes that we have now and seeing guys play well, you can get on the right golf course and contend,” he said.

Woods, who won the most recent of his majors at the 2008 US Open, is even thinking well beyond the age that Nicklaus called it quits, recalling the recent close calls at the British Open by fifty-somethings Tom Watson and Greg Norman.

“You saw what happened with Tom being 59, Greg almost did it at Birkdale at 53-years-old. So we can play late in our careers just because of our training; and also just getting the right golf course,” he said.

Woods also acknowledged it was becoming tougher to win majors.

The last 16 majors have been won by 16 different golfers, 12 of them being first-time champions.