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Tiger Woods confident of eclipsing Jack Nicklaus' 18 major wins

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Former world number one Tiger Woods believes he has the quality to surpass Jack Nicklaus' major tally which currently stands at 18.

At one point in time it seemed Woods would easily achieve the feat, having won his 14th major in 2008 at the US Open, but he failed to maintain the form in the years that followed and has not won a PGA Tour event since 2013.

For over a year, the 40-year-old has sidelined himself from the golf course due to back injuries, for which he had to undergo two surgeries in the last 14 months.

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However, he disclosed his plans of returning to action in the Safeway Open in his homeland earlier this month, only to then pull out of the competition because he feels his game is still 'vulnerable'.

Speaking to CBS regarding the major wins, as reported by BBC Sport, Woods sounded confident when asked whether he can reach the record of his fellow American.

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He said: “To be honest, no... I’m going to get more [than 18].”

“Jack has always been one of my heroes. I looked up to him. I wouldn’t say I lusted for his record, I just think that was the gold standard.”

Missing the entire year this term proved costly to Woods as he plummeted down the rankings, currently at 802, despite being number one just over two years ago.

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The California-born golfer has been able to eclipse Nicklaus regarding winning PGA Tour events, where Woods has registered 79 victories, with the latter in third with 73 wins.

Sam Snead (82) remains the leader, but only four more wins could see the legendary American golfer top the list.

One of the greatest exponents of the game, Woods might have to be at his absolute best in order to reach the target he is aiming for, as the world eagerly awaits the comeback of a champion in the coming months.

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