Woods claimed his 14th Major at the 2008 US Open in a dramatic 19-hole play-off with Rocco Mediate, but has not won one since after seeing his career set back by the sex scandal which led to the breakdown of his marriage. And Norman, speaking on the eve of the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum, would like to see McIlroy – who has two Majors – surpass Nicklaus instead.
"I don't think so, no," Norman said when asked if Woods was capable of winning the five titles he requires to pass Nicklaus. "Every year that passes by that he hasn't won a Major it just gets that much harder."
McIlroy won the US Open in 2011 and this year's US PGA Championship and Norman says the sky is the limit for the 23-year-old.
"I think if anybody can break Nicklaus' record he could, because he is young, he is ahead of the game, and he has a very balanced life across the board," Norman said.
"So I will keep my fingers crossed for him because I would love to see that happen."