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Last Updated: Monday, 21 August 2006, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Peerless Woods
Ken Brown
By Ken Brown
BBC Sport golf commentator

Tiger Woods
Woods still has six majors to go before matching Jack Nicklaus

There is no doubt about it, everything says Tiger Woods is probably going to beat Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major victories.

The only thing likely to get in the way is if he hurts himself in some way, which is easily done with any sport.

It is quite remarkable how he plays so consistently well and, whatever the opposition comes up with, he always seems to deliver the goods.

On Sunday, he once again showed the fantastic attributes of his game by notching up his 12th major title at the USPGA.

As well as good putting, the key to his success last week was his ability, most of the time, on the par fives to get his driver long and straight.

Making a lot of fours on the par fives, as he had done at the Open Championship, and then playing fairly steadily on the other holes meant his rivals were not able to match him.

If he stays fit and as motivated as he is, I think he'll pass Nicklaus' 18 majors

But it was a tremendous all-round performance and I have to say he putted extremely well and holed one or two longer putts that even he might not have anticipated.

He always appears to be fairly nerveless and, because he has done so well and won so often, winning is not difficult for him.

The opposition know he is not going to fold when he is ahead, therefore they are also under pressure - they are not going to back into victory, they have got to beat him.

You have got to up your game to beat him because, so often on the final day, the person he plays with very rarely puts a good round in.

I thought in 2000-2001, when he managed his "Tiger Slam" of holding all four majors at once, no-one played golf better than him.

Tiger Woods
Solid putting helped Woods ensure success on Sunday
Having slightly changed his technique, he is getting back to that position right now and is playing some of the best golf of his career.

You have got to compare him with the very best who have ever played - Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.

Where he stands amongst that group is hard to tell because it is a different era and different players, but he is right there with the top handful who have played the game.

If he stays fit and as motivated as he is, I think he will pass Nicklaus' 18 majors.

Of course, there is still a long way to go and six is still a lot of majors to get.

You have to remember that most people who manage to win one major think they have done pretty well.

A lot of people believe he is the best ever, and I certainly wouldn't argue against that

If you win two, you are one of the best in the business and six is all that Nick Faldo won in his fantastic career.

But it is looking good for him and, even if he never played again, he has already earned his place among the greatest players.

He is as good as, or even better than, Nicklaus.

What I mean by that is, if you add all the ingredients of his game together and put it against anyone else who has ever played, he drives it further and longer, hits his irons, has got one of the best short games and is a brilliant clutch putter.

Tiger is the best who has ever done it, though it is helped by the advances in the equipment as well.

But a lot of people believe he is the best ever and I certainly would not argue against that.



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