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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus will finish in a tie, according to Johnny Miller


If Tiger Woods is to catch Jack Nicklaus, he’ll have to have fewer frustrating rounds, like the one he had Sunday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. (ROBERT GALBRAITH / Reuters)
All indications from Sunday aside, Tiger Woods will finish in a tie with Jack Nicklaus for most major tournaments won when his golfing career is over.

So says former golfer and NBC analyst Johnny Miller.

Miller told Golf magazine that Woods will win four more majors, tying Nicklaus’s 18, and “30 or 40” more tournaments. Never mind that Woods has not won a tournament in 29 months.


Woods had a rocky day Sunday at Pebble Beach. (ROBERT GALBRAITH / Reuters)
“Tiger’s the greatest Sunday pressure player ever,” Miller said. “I think he’ll win three of four times in 2012 and have a second career that will match [Phil Mickelson’s] career, which is amazing.

“Phil’s won almost 40 times with four majors — I think Tiger will win four more majors and 30 or 40 more tournaments, which is fantastic. But for him to win five [majors] and surpass Jack? There’s a great chance he’ll win four and tie with Jack, but I don’t think he’ll get the fifth.”

Woods announced Tuesday that he will play in the Match Play Championship next week in Arizona, followed by the Honda Classic on March 1-4 at PGA National and the Cadillac Championship at Doral the following week. Woods has not played in the Honda Classic since he was a 17-year-old amateur.

Woods returned to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the first time in 10 years and wilted under pressure Sunday, entering the day four shots off the lead and shooting a ghastly 75. If he does not win five more majors, as Miller predicts, the reason won’t be injury or the way Woods has rebuilt his game. It will be the fault of the youngsters. “You’ve got guys like Rory McIlroy and Jason Day who say, ‘Hey, I can beat you,’ ” Miller said. “They might rethink their bravado if Tiger starts kicking butt again, but right now Rory’s thinking, ‘Hey, old man, you had your day. My time is now.’ ”

What are Woods’s chances of winning five more majors? What about four?

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