• Tiger Woods won his 15th major at the Masters at Augusta National last month 
  • He is three away from equalling the record, 18, which is held by Jack Nicklaus  
  • Nicklaus believes Woods has a great chance of beating him if he stays healthy

Jack Nicklaus reckons his record of 18 major championships will probably be broken by Tiger Woods as long as the former world No 1 stays healthy through the later stages of his career.

Nicklaus, who is hosting this week’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio, said on Tuesday that Woods, who won his 15th major at last month’s Masters, will likely have to manage the aches and pain that affect athletes in their 40s.

‘Who knows how long his body is going to stay together?’ Nicklaus told a pre-tournament news conference. ‘When you’ve had as many operations as he’s had, he may be solid enough that it’s alright. And if he is I think he probably will break my record.’

Jack Nicklaus believes Tiger Woods can beat his major record of 18 if he manages to stay fit
Jack Nicklaus believes Tiger Woods can beat his major record of 18 if he manages to stay fit

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