Woods falls short at Masters, can he catch Nicklaus?

Tiger Woods has 14 major titles, Jack Nicklaus has 18.  Who will end up with more?
Tiger Woods has 14 major titles, Jack Nicklaus has 18. Who will end up with more?

Tiger Woods fell short of capturing his 5th Masters title.  TV ratings soar whenever he is closing a major tournament.  His mistake with a penalty drop and the subsequent and controversial ruling to penalize him 2-strokes, instead of disqualifying him from the tournament, created a media frenzy.  The controversy was due to a recent rule revision which gives tournament committees the right to add retrospective penalties when the players could not have known they had committed an offence. Some are still saying the rule was misused and that Woods should have been disqualified, since he clearly showed “ignorance of the rule,” (Rule 26-1) which is not protected under the recent revision of Rule 33-7 and wrongly signed his scorecard.  Many golfers, experts and fans thought Tiger should voluntarily withdraw, but that didn’t happen.  More HERE

Is Woods, 37, running out of time to topple Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships?  Can he threaten the Golden Bear’s record 6 Masters titles?  This article says the advantage goes to Nicklaus: http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/04/15/tiger-woods-jack-nicklaus-comparison/2083049/

Jack Nicklaus won 18 professional majors, an iconic total that has become the most significant record in golf, and one of the most significant in all of sports. Tiger Woods has won a staggering 14 majors, but his quest to pass Nicklaus has stalled.  Go to this link for a chart listing major championships by Nicklaus and Woods, including their age when they caputured each one. http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/tiger-woods-vs-jack-nicklaus-major-championship-records

Woods still hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open and hasn’t captured the Masters, a tournament he’s won four times, since 2005. After winning three times earlier this season, it appeared this would be a terrific chance for Woods to resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 majors. Source:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2013/04/14/tiger-woods-masters-final-round/2082497/

Huge ratings- For at least a decade, when Woods is in final-round contention in tournaments, ratings generally jump 50% — or sometimes double. Saturday’s ratings peaked from 5:30-6 p.m. ET — when Tiger Woods was finishing his round and ending up tied for seventh.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2013/04/14/the-masters-cbs-tiger-woods-tv-ratings/2081891/

Nicklaus and Woods don’t appear to have a close relationship, with Nicklaus stating he has never had a long converstation with Tiger. http://www.golf.com/ap-news/jack-nicklaus-says-he-has-never-had-long-conversation-tiger-woods?sct=obinsite

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