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Sunday 20 October 2019

Tiger targets Major record in career 'extension'

Tiger Woods is determined to build on his success at the 2019 Masters.
Tiger Woods is determined to build on his success at the 2019 Masters.

Brian Keogh

Masters champion Tiger Woods insists he will be “prepared” to take advantage of an unexpected career “extension” and boost to his chances of threatening Jack Nicklaus’ haul of 18 Major wins.

The Californian (43) ended an 11-year wait for his 15th Major victory in memorable fashion at Augusta National.

And having feared his career was over before undergoing last-resort spinal fusion surgery two years ago, he intends to make the most of his remaining chances to add to his tally.

“It took him an entire career to get to 18,” a green-jacketed Woods (43) told GOLFTV when asked if catching the Golden Bear was possible. “So now that I’ve had another extension to my career – one that I didn’t think I had a couple of years ago – if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, yeah, it’s a possibility.

“I’m never going to say it’s not, except for a couple of years ago when I couldn’t walk.

“Now I just need to have a lot of things go my way, and who’s to say that it will or will not happen? The only thing I can promise you is this: that I will be prepared.”

His Masters win was made even more memorable for his joyous celebrations with his son Charlie and daughter Sam.

“They never knew golf to be a good thing in my life and only the only thing they remember is that it brought this incredible amount of pain to their dad,” said Woods, who will have a chance to match Sam Snead’s all-time record of 82 PGA Tour wins in his next start.

“And they don’t want to ever want to see their dad in pain.”

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