Woods set to pass Nicklaus before swing change, Player says

Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:49pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Golf legend Gary Player believes Tiger Woods, before he changed his swing, was on target to smash Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major championship victories.

"There's never been a man with the talent Tiger Woods has," Player said during a recent ESPN interview.

"When he won the (2000) U.S. Open by 15 shots, he was on his way to destroying all records. He would have won close to 30 majors the way he was going - and then he changes his swing."

"Obviously one is always ambitious and wanting to get better and better and you've got to admire a man for doing that.

"But then he has many coaches (and) this coach is teaching him that, this coach is teaching him this.

"He gets swinging different ways, gets a bit confused, loses a bit of confidence and it takes time to restore it."

But Woods has always insisted he had one good reason to change his swing despite his success.

"You can always become better," he told the television program '60 Minutes' in 2006.

Woods turned professional in 1996 and was coached by Butch Harmon until 2002, before switching to Hank Haney.   Continued...

U.S. team member Tiger Woods misses a putt on the 14th green as he plays International member Richard Sterne of South Africa during the Singles matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes