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Tiger Woods needs Open win to keep pace with Jack Nicklaus

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Since Tiger Woods was 24 years old he's been able to say he was ahead of Jack Nicklaus' historical major-winning pace.

Woods won two majors at the age of 24 to give him five total which was two more than Nicklaus had at age 24.

Woods hasn't trailed since.

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are now historically even. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are now historically even. (Getty Images)

Except now he has 14 at the age of 38 going to the British Open which is the exact number Nicklaus had at the age of 38 going to the British Open.

Nicklaus won that year by two over four other golfers.

If Woods doesn't win this year at Hoylake he will officially trail the major pace Nicklaus set over the course of his career.

Nicklaus still thinks Tiger will break his record. I'm not so sure.

Here's how that chart looks historically, by the way:

It's pretty crazy how far in front Woods has been for so long and now he's being "passed" by the Golden Bear.

That is, if he doesn't win this week.

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