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Golf: As Tiger turns 38, key year looms in Nicklaus chase

Published on Jan 1, 2014 5:57 AM
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A week that began on Monday with the 38th birthday of world number one Tiger Woods will see the US PGA Tour's first 2014 event tee off without him on Friday in Hawaii. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KAPALUA, United States (AFP) - A week that began on Monday with the 38th birthday of world number one Tiger Woods will see the US PGA Tour's first 2014 event tee off without him on Friday in Hawaii.

But make no mistake, the 14-time major champion and his quest to rewrite the sport's record book will be a major theme in golf in 2014 long after the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua is over.

Since he was a child, Woods has dreamed of breaking the all-time record of 18 career major titles won by Jack Nicklaus. But Woods has not won a major since the 2008 US Open.

Woods overcame injuries and the emotional aftermath of his infamous sex scandal to win five titles last year, giving him 79 career US PGA Tour triumphs, three shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

 
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