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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

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