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Tiger Woods retains ambition of beating Jack Nicklaus's 18 majors

TIGER Woods says he still harbours dreams of beating Jack Nicklaus's 18 majors and realises it will take his whole career to do it.

Woods is this week making his first appearance at the Honda Classic in Florida since 1993, teeing off alongside Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.

He was just 17 then, but already had dreams of beating Jack Nicklaus's 18 majors and although he has been stuck on 14 since the 2008 US Open he still considers it well within his grasp.

"It's going to take an entire career to do it and that's something I knew starting out," said Woods.

"I was lucky enough to have won my first major as a pro (the 1997 Masters) and it's taken me, what, 16 years to get to this point.

"So it's going to take a while. It didn't take Jack overnight to get to 18."

The answer to that is 24 years, from the 1962 US Open to the 1986 Masters, and Woods added: "The whole idea is getting consistent and putting myself up there enough times.

"Nobody in the history of the game has been better at putting themselves in contention to win a major than Jack. You finish with 37 top twos you're going pretty good.

"That's what it takes. You're not going to win all of them, but you can always be there and you never know when someone might give you one or two."

The opening major of this season, The Masters, is only five weeks away and Woods has several questions to answer.

Poor putting allowed fellow American Nick Watney to beat him in the second round of the Accenture Match Play Championship last week and in his two events before that he started well, but finished very poorly.

"Now that I've got the full swing where I like to have it I can spend the majority of my time chipping and putting," he said.

"That's where I know that I've been lacking in my game and where I've seen the biggest improvement lately too, which is good.

"I spent about almost four hours the other day putting, just going back to my old basics that my dad taught me.

"When I looked at the tape I got away from some of those things. My posture was off, the way the club was releasing was off.

"Once I get my posture and everything lined up the putter just flows. That's a good feeling."