Because Jack Nicklaus was in Utah the day Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open for his 14th major title, he addressed Woods' latest accomplishment.
What happened this week was pretty phenomenal, he said. He didn't have any license whatsoever to accomplish what he did. But through pure determination, he gutted it out and made some phenomenal shots and ended up the winner.
When asked if he wants Woods to break his record for majors (Nicklaus has 18), he said, not particularly and got a little testy when it was suggested that it's inevitable Woods will break his record.
I don't think anybody's given into that fact, he said. Tiger certainly hasn't. I fully expect Tiger to catch me, but he's not there yet, and he's got to keep working at it.
Nicklaus also sees a positive side to all the talk about Woods getting close to his record.
I have no issue with Tiger breaking my record, he said. Every time his name is mentioned, mine is mentioned right beside it, and as a 68-year-old guy, I get almost as much ink and television time as Tiger does.
Of course, now that Woods is out for the year with a knee injury, it's going to take him longer to catch Jack.