Tiger Woods on Jack Nicklaus’ 18 Majors: “I’ve accepted I’m going to get more.”

This transcript comes from an interview he gave on “Charlie Rose: This Week on PBS” that is to be aired Thursday night.

CBS News released this extract from the most recent Tiger Woods interview. The 14-time major winner will appear on Charlie Rose, and has a place booked on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The player is on a PR drive after his last-minute withdrawal from the Safeway Open. Fans were left angered by the player’s decision, and were convinced he behaved ignobly.

The 40-year-old Woods, who has been stuck on 14 major championships since winning the U.S. Open in 2008, shared some interesting thoughts:

Tiger wins the 2008 U.S. Open. (Source/Bunkersparadise).
Tiger wins the 2008 U.S. Open. (Source/Bunkersparadise).

Rose: Do you believe you’ll get 18 majors?

Woods: To be honest with you, no.

Rose: You don’t?

Woods: No.

Rose: You’ve accepted that?

Woods: I’ve accepted I’m going to get more.

Whatever the outcome, it’s reassuring to see one of sport’s most tenacious competitors back doing what he does best, confidently stating his intentions. There was nothing more heartbreaking than the pessimistic interview he gave at last year’s Hero World Challenge. This is now a distant memory.

The interview probes deeper:

 

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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 —

Rose: Everything?

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.

Really Tiger, your biggest regret is not doing an extra year at Standford!? Christ. You may as well just say you regret missing out on an extra year of chasing sorority tail! It’s comical how little deference he pays to Elin Nordegren, the mother of his children and the person he should regret hurting so publicly.

This is classic Big Cat, we will never get to see past the exterior. Agent Mark Steinberg really knows how to brief a client, it was all fighting talk from Tiger. Commenting on comparisons with Jack Nicklaus:

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“I think I’m pretty good, too,” Woods said. “I think he and I would have a hell of a duel back in the day. …

“I looked up to him, I looked at his record. … I wouldn’t say I lusted for his record. I just think that was the gold standard because he had won the most majors and the second-most Tour events. And here he is at 18.”