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Golf: Tiger's chances of catching Nicklaus shrinking, says Palmer

Published on Mar 20, 2014 6:03 AM
 
Tiger Woods tees off from the 4th hole during the final round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer says the chances of Tiger Woods overtaking Jack Nicklaus as the all-time major title leader are shrinking as his major win drought nears six years. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

ORLANDO (AFP) - Seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer says the chances of Tiger Woods overtaking Jack Nicklaus as the all-time major title leader are shrinking as his major win drought nears six years.

Speaking on the eve of the opening round of the US PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, the 84-year-old US legend noted the back spasms that caused Woods, 38, to pull out of the event on Tuesday as well as the issue of age.

"I don't think 38 years is the ultimate stopping point for his quest to do what Jack did," Palmer said. "I think it lessens the possibility of that happening. It's going to be tough.

"It's going to be tough to keep the concentration and the type of the game that is necessary to win majors." World number one Woods won his 14th and most recent major crown at the 2008 US Open but remains four shy of matching the career major win mark of Nicklaus.

 
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