Nicklaus: Beating major record ‘tough’ for Tiger Woods

The major schedule changed this year as the PGA Championship moved to May, meaning all four championships are played between April and mid-July.

“I think it will work against Tiger – unless he’s really healthy,” Nicklaus said.

“I don’t like the new major schedule, from the stand point that if you have an injury, or if you’re struggling with one tournament, all of a sudden the other one follows too closely, to get it back.

“I’m not sure that that’s really a good thing for the game of golf, to have all your tournaments in about three and a half months. And I don’t think it’s good for the other tournaments on the Tour.

“The guys have got to skip a lot of tournaments – you saw that this year – guys weren’t playing in between majors. And I think that’s a shame for the Tour.

“I know that the all-mighty dollar is important, but I don’t think it’s so important that you really lose out on the tradition of the great tournaments that have been played for years and years and years.”

rishman Shane Lowry captured the final major of 2019, delighting home supporters with his six-stroke victory at Royal Portrush.

Lowry had a four-shot lead going into the final round – as he did at the 2016 US Open when he closed with a 76 to finish three shots behind Dustin Johnson.

This time, while his challengers fell away in the difficult conditions, the 32-year-old calmly recorded a 72 to finish on 15 under.

“I thought Shane Lowry would be a pretty good dark horse for somebody to pick,” Nicklaus said. “He’s Irish, he’s won over there, he’s won on that golf course.

“I’m sure that Shane figured why he had lost at Oakmont and he figured out what he had to do and did it at Portrush. And that will serve him well in the future.

“Shane’s a good friend, we all like Shane down here, he’s a member of our Bear’s Club at home. I was very happy for him. I was rooting the whole way coming down the stretch for him to play well.”


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