If Tiger Woods is feeling pressed by time to win a major and take a step closer to Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 championships, he isn’t showing it.
In fact, he thinks he has a ton of time.
“Well, Jack did it at 46, right? So I’ve got 10 years,” Woods, 36, said in a press conference Tuesday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. “[Tom] Watson almost pulled it off at 59. It can be done. We can play for a very long time. And that’s the great thing about staying in shape, lifting weights and being fit — the playing careers have extended.”
Woods will try for his 15th when he tees off in a group with Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson at 10:33 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday. Nicklaus was 46 when he won his last major tournament (the Masters) and Watson was 59 when he almost won the British Open in 2009 at Turnberry.
“Look how many guys are 50 plus still playing out here,” Woods said. “Guys are extending their careers and playing for a lot longer than they used to. Most of the guys used to shut it down in their early 40s. But like Vijay [Singh], he won almost 30 events, just in his 40s alone.”
Woods, who won his 73rd PGA tournament at the June 3 Memorial, is a three-time U.S. Open champion, with his last championship coming in 2008 at Torrey Pines. Woods missed the Open, won last year by Rory McIlroy at Congressional Country Club, because of injury.