Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie believes that Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championship wins is safe from the hands of Tiger Woods. The former captain of the European Ryder Cup team was clear enough when he stated that Tiger has no chance of overtaking Nicklaus’ long standing record of 18 wins in the major championships and going one better.
Picking Woods as a sure shot breaker of the record set by Nicklaus was an absolute no brainer in the days he was an all conquering juggernaut, picking up jugs, cups, trophies and jackets for fun and many thought not only would he overtake the legendary Golden Bear, but he would do it with several majors to spare as well.
But things have changed a lot since then, Woods has not won a major title since his last title triumph in 2008 and in the five years since, he hasn’t even come close to winning one, fading away during the final rounds of the events.
And when asked about how he rated the chances of Tiger Woods of overhauling Nicklaus, Colin admitted that with the level of competition there is at the moment, securing five more major championships is quite a tough task for Tiger.
Moreover, he also alluded to the fact that in order to overtake Nicklaus, Tiger has to win the same number of majors that the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Phil Mickelson have won in their entire careers and he just doesn’t see Tiger doing that anymore.
Montgomerie stated that he might be world number one again but Tiger Woods has lost the killer instinct that made him so fearful for any golfer and on his day, Tiger was as close to perfection as possible but all that is in the past now and the future is bleak for him.