REASONS TO QUIT he signals of Woods being ready to let go are there:
He has taken on more of a “summing up” theme in his interviews, granting a long one to journalist Lorne Rubenstein for Time magazine last year. But the most pointed example occurred last December at the tournament Woods hosts in the Bahamas, the Hero World Challenge. Having not played competitively since August, a subdued Woods riffed about being okay with coming close to Sam Snead’s career record for PGA Tour victories (82 to Woods’ 79) and Jack Nicklaus’ mark for major professional championships (18 to Woods’ 14). “For my 20 years out here, I think I’ve achieved a lot,” he said,“and if that’s all it entails, then I’ve had a pretty good run.”
In June,Woods revealed that he will write a book about his landmark 1997 Masters victory, his first noninstruction book. It is to be released in March, cowritten by Rubenstein.
A downplaying of comparisons with Nicklaus, whose major record has been widely assumed to be Woods’ ultimate goal.The first hint such might not be the case was an exchange from 2007 recounted in Haney’s 2012 book in which the former swing coach asked “What about Nicklaus’ record? Don’t you care about that?” and Woods replied,“No, I’m satisfied with what I’ve done in my career.” In the Time interview,Woods was adamant that he only ever measured himself against Nicklaus in terms of trying to achieve equivalent accomplishments at a younger age. Totals FAITHFUL FANS 19 or more 18 17 16 15 14 AGE WHEN WINNING LAST OR MOST RECENT MAJOR 48 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 36 34 33 32 31