- Jack Nicklaus talks about Tiger Woods
- Nicklaus recalls the time Woods overcame injuries and competed at his best
- A report says the 15-time major champion has yet to play any golf at all
The legendary Jack Nicklaus is convinced Tiger Woods will make a sensational comeback.
Golf fans have been longing for Woods as it has been six months since the 15-time major champion suffered multiple serious injuries from a horrific car accident in Los Angeles, California.
Aside from his speedy recovery, most of Woods’ peers are also optimistic about his return to action. Among them, is his friend, and 73-time PGA Tour winner Nicklaus.
In a recent exclusive interview with The Washington Post, Nicklaus was quizzed to share his thoughts on Woods’ future.
According to “The Golden Bear,” he has high hopes Woods can bounce back as it isn’t the first time his pal encountered such an obstacle.
“I know Tiger,” the 81-year-old said. “What he did at Torrey Pines [winning the 2008 U.S. Open] on a broken leg, what does that tell you? He’ll still be able to slap it around, and if he can putt, he’ll be all right.”
However, Nicklaus also stressed that he isn’t sure if Woods can still “reach his old level.”
“I don’t know if he [Woods] can reach his old level, but I do expect him to play again,” he stated.
Jack Nicklaus, an 18-time major champion, was part of the most memorable roars at the Masters for defending champion Tiger Woods and three-time winner Phil Mickelson Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Kevin C. Cox
Rickie Fowler is one of the few people in the sport who managed to spend some time with Woods while in recovery.
Lifting the lid on the subject, Fowler revealed last month that despite seeing Woods “putting the work in,” his friend still has a long way to go.
I know hes been getting after it as far as rehab goes, that takes up most of his day, Fowler told reporters ahead of the 3M Open, including Golf Digest. I know its been tough. Its a long road till now, hes got a long road ahead, but hes putting the work in.
Weeks after Fowler’s revelation, an update said that the 45-year-old has been “doing well” thus far but has yet to “play any golf at all,” People reported, citing unnamed sources.
Tiger is in good spirits and doing well, but he has not been able to play any golf at all, a source close to Woods said. [He] has not been to ‘The Woods Jupiter,’ his south Florida restaurant, since before the accident in California.
To this day, Woods hasn’t opened up yet about what might have possibly led to the car crash. Moreover, he has yet to make an announcement about a potential return.
Tiger Woods may have inadvertently hit the cars accelerator while attempting to press the brakes upon losing control, police believe Photo: AFP / Mladen ANTONOV