McIlroy more likely to break Nicklaus' record than Woods, says Norman

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Greg Norman says Rory McIlroy is "ahead of the game" and "has a very balanced life across the board."
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Series: PGA Tour

COOLUM, Australia -- Former world No. 1 Greg Norman believes Rory McIlroy has a better chance to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships than Tiger Woods.

Woods claimed his 14th major at the 2008 U.S. Open in a dramatic 19-hole play-off with Rocco Mediate, but has not won one since. And Norman, speaking at the Australian PGA Championship, would like to see McIlroy -- who has two majors to his name -- be the man to surpass Nicklaus instead.

AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

The Australian PGA Championship is the third and final event of the annual Australian 'Triple Crown" that also includes the Australian Masters and Australian Open.

"I don't think so, no," Norman said on Wednesday, when asked if Woods was capable of winning the five majors he requires to pass Nicklaus. "Every year that passes by that he hasn't won a major it just gets that much harder to win a major.

"I don't care how many you have won, it just becomes more and more difficult," he added. "He might win one or two more but I don't think he will win the four or five more that he needs to win to break the record."

McIlroy won the U.S. Open in 2011 and this year's PGA Championship, and Norman says the sky is the limit for the talented 23-year-old.

"I think if anybody can break Nicklaus' record I think he could, because he is young, he is ahead of the game, he is ahead of the curve on a lot of things and he has a very balanced life across the board," Norman said. "So I will keep my fingers crossed for him because I would love to see that happen.

"Somebody will do it one day and it could be Rory," he added. "I am a big fan of Rory's. He can be as big as he wants to be."


Comments

efrankie

Rory won't even accomplish half of Tiger's record. Norman is an idiot and doesn't know what the h--- he is talking about. Just like 1996 Masters, Norman had a six strokes lead over Nick Faldo and then ends up loosing to Faldo by five stroke. Norman Chokes! He ended up shooting 78. My grandmother can beat that score and she is missing an arm. Norman is angry and putting down Tiger, because Tiger canned Adam Scott who is also from Australia. Norman, you have never won a Master tournament, so shut the h--- up!

nathan86886

He missed 3 straight cuts this year and has already missed more cuts than Tiger has in his ENTIRE career.
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zakmeents

Rory is a very talented guy, but he won't come close. He missed 3 straight cuts this year and has already missed more cuts than Tiger has in his ENTIRE career. Tiger has never missed cuts on consecutive weeks. Rory has been pro for 6 years and has won 6 times. In Tigers first 6 years he had 29 PGA tour wins including 6 Majors. Lets not forget that Tiger also won ALL four Majors IN A ROW in that time. Tiger is/was infinitely more marketable, from his good looks to his celebratory uppercuts. Rory is an ugly guy, he is very unattractive (yes, that is a big part of marketing) and his nothing of a personality. He simply isn't that "cool". When interviewed he doesn't have the same confidence. He burns holes through his shoes just staring at them while being interviewed. Rory might win a career grand slam, but he will not win more than 6 Majors.