Title: Despite His Poor Play In Recent Majors, Tiger Woods Can Still Beat Jack Nicklaus's Record
Description: Tiger Woods is the number one ranked golfer in the world. He is also the highest-paid athlete in the world, at $65 million a year. And yet, neither of those two things really matter to him. As a boy, Woods famously had a poster of Jack Nicklaus in his room. It served as a reminder of his goal in his golf career: To top Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championship wins. Much is made of the media attention given to Woods at the majors. Many fans think it is overkill. But his pursuit of Nicklaus’s mark is one of the most intriguing storylines in sports, and will remain so until he either breaks the record or retires from competitive golf having fallen short. Woods finished the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in a tie for 32nd, 12 strokes back of the winner Justin Rose. That means Woods has now gone 20 straight majors without a win. Justin Rose Wins A Surprisingly Grueling U.S. Open Monte Burke Forbes Staff The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2013: Behind The Numbers Kurt Badenhausen Forbes Staff 18 Holes With Greg Norman: The Shark On Golf, Adventure And How He Became A Folk Hero In China Monte Burke Forbes Staff Rory McIlroy Joins Highest-Paid Athletes After Blockbuster Nike Deal Kurt Badenhausen Forbes Staff Woods—who won his 14th major at the 2008 U.S. Open—appeared to be on track to achieve his goal until 2009. That year will be the pivotal one when, 20 years from now, some biographer writes the definitive account of Woods’ life and golfing career. It was the day after Thanksgiving of that year when Woods had his infamous car wreck near his home, and his infidelity scandal broke open. Never before had a more popular and successful athlete been subjected to the ensuing tabloid scrutiny and public embarrassment. Subsequent leg injuries also took their toll.