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By Matt McCoy
The relationship between two greatest players in the history of the game is just fine. So says Jack Nicklaus who took time during his media session at the Memorial Tournament Wednesday to set the record straight.
At a press conference before the Masters Nicklaus said he was asked how much he and Tiger talk about Jack's record of 18 major championships. From there, Jack says, an inaccurate story was born.
"There was an article in the New York Times from the Masters saying that Tiger doesn't talk to me," Nicklaus said Wednesday. "I was asked the question how much does Tiger talk to me about (the record), and I said we haven't had more than a minute or two conversation about that ever. The article comes out 'Tiger doesn't talk to Jack and they've never had more than a minute or two conversation.' Well I talk to Tiger a lot...but not about that subject."
Woods chase of the Nicklaus record has been on hold for five years now. His last major championship, number 14, came at the 2008 U.S. Open. But in 2013, Tiger has resurfaced as the game's most dominant player. He's back to number one in the world and has won four times already. Having won the Memorial five times, including last year, Tiger comes in as the obvious favorite.
"In my career, I generally have played (Nicklaus') courses well," Woods said. "I've won on quite a few, whether it was junior golf, college and now professional golf. I just feel comfortable on his golf courses. There's ample room off the tees, the greens are really severe and if you miss a green it'll test your short game. Those are things I think I do well."
Woods met with the media for the first time since his flap with Sergio Garcia took over the headlines with Garcia's racially insensitive 'fried chicken' comment. Tiger said Garcia did apologize but hasn't done it face-to-face yet. Woods also talked about the U.S. Open, the Memorial and more. To listen to his session with reporters click HERE:
Jack talked at length on a variety of subjects as well, including the Woods/Garcia flap calling it 'stupid.' Jack thinks the tiff has been overblown by the media. He also touched on the new clubhouse at Muirfield, Tiger's dominance, and the fragile state of the game of golf. To listen click HERE:
Tiger is the obvious favorite...so we'll take him off the table and out of the equation. Who else can win? Here's what we think:
610 WTVN golf analyst Ray Hustek is covering his 24th Memorial. He's going with Matt Kuchar. Ray's 'other contenders' are Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott. Kevin Streelman is Ray's dark horse pick.
610 WTVN morning show host Joel Riley's non-Tiger pick is veteran Fred Couples. His other contenders are K.J. Choi, Keegan Bradley and Bill Haas, with Billy Horschel, his dark horse.
I hate to be boring, but my non-Tiger pick is the guy ranked number two in the world, Rory McIlroy. My other contenders are Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler, with Jonathan Byrd, my dark horse. We'll see if any of our picks actually pan out.