During an interview with Charlie Rose on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his foundation, Tiger Woods discussed whether he still believes he can catch or pass Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championship victories.
Woods also said he is targeting December for his return to competition after being out since August 2015.
Here are excerpts from Woods’ conversation with Rose on Charlie Rose: This Week On PBS scheduled to air Thursday night.
Rose: When do you think you’ll come back?
Woods: I’m hoping to come back in December.
Rose: You believe you can do that? You’ll be ready? Something will happen between withdrawing from Safeway and competing there?
Woods: More hard work.
Rose: Here is what’s interesting about you – more than any golfer – any athlete I know. It’s not just you. It’s us. We can’t let you go. I mean, there’s is a sense that we never …
Woods: Oh, you care?
Rose: Well, (laughs) yes. But there is a sense that we never understood how it was to be so brilliant on a golf course. We didn’t get how one could be so dominant in a sport. We didn’t understand how you could lose that, either. … You’ve thought about that?
Woods: Of course, Charlie. You know, I miss being out there. I miss competing. I miss mixing it up with the boys and coming down the stretch.
Rose: You like being Tiger Woods?
Woods: I like beating those guys. That’s why I practice all those hours … is to be ready to take on those guys down the stretch. And do I miss it? Absolutely, 100 percent. And to be at my age now, at 40 years old … I’m the first one to admit: I can’t do the things I used to be able to do. Most people can’t at my age, versus when they were younger. I have to find different ways to go about it.
Rose: You have to find other ways to win?
Woods: Yes, I do. But I’m naturally a tactician. Even when I was hitting the ball long and blowing over the top of bunkers, that was the strategy. And so, I used my mind, and then eventually the method I used allowed me to master my craft.
Rose: Some have said to be Tiger Woods was both a gift and a burden. How was it a burden?
Woods: Well, it’s a burden in the sense that it — the amount of obligations that I have at a tournament. The anonymity that was lost that, you know, one — the — you know, if you look back, the only regret I have in life is not spending another year at Stanford, and I wish I would’ve had one more year.
Rose: That’s the only regret?
Woods: That’s the only regret, I wish I had.
Rose: Of all the things that’s happened to you?
Woods: All the things and that’s all —
Woods: All the things I’ve been through are tough, yes. They’ve been tough, but they’ve been great for me, but I wish I would’ve gone one more year at Stanford.
Rose: Do you believe you’ll get 18 majors?
Woods: To be honest with you, no.
Rose: You don’t?
Rose: You’ve accepted that?
Woods: I’ve accepted I’m going to get more.
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