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November 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger Woods says press 'hammered' him, thinks he can still beat Nicklaus's record

Posted at 11:15 AM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Truth & Rumors

In an interview with Shane O'Donoghue of CNN's Living Golf, Tiger Woods talked about his three-win season, which came after a dry stretch in which "there were a lot of people that said I'd never win again." O'Donoghue then asked Tiger if he read what the media wrote about him, and Tiger said he got their opinions first-hand: 

"I didn't have to read it, because every press conference I go to I get hammered -- 'Oh you're never going to win again blah blah blah' -- and it was every tournament I went to..."

"It was a lot there for about a year and a half where I had to answer that question after every single round, pre-tournament, and to do that all a lot and then to pass Jack on the all-time win list this year and do it 10 years younger than him, I think that's a pretty neat accomplishment."

The 36-year-old Woods won his most recent of 14 majors at the 2008 U.S. Open. Nicklaus won the last of his 18 majors at the 1986 Masters, when he was 46. In the interview, which featured Woods and the current No. 1 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, Woods said he has plenty of time to get to 19 majors.

"If you say hypothetically 10 years, that's 40 more major championships I get a chance to play in and compete in and try to win, and hopefully I can try to at least win five of those."

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