Shark backs McIlroy for record
Rory McIlroy: tipped to do great things. Photo: Reuters
EVERYONE at Coolum is talking about dinosaurs but it was the Shark who had the most vicious bite on PGA eve, with the golf icon saying it will be Rory McIlroy - not Tiger Woods - who breaks the major record held by Jack Nicklaus.
During his streak of supremacy in the late '90s and early 2000s, Woods was unstoppable. It was simply assumed the Golden Bear's mark of 18 major titles would be crushed under his spikes. But with his invincibility on the course spectacularly undone by his fallibility off the greens, Woods' career has stalled at 14 titles, while Northern Ireland's world No. 1 McIlroy has collected a pair at just 23.
Woods is just 36 but Norman, who is playing in the Australian PGA starting on Thursday, believes the American's dominance is over and he'll be unable to win anything near the five remaining titles required.
''I think if anybody can break Nicklaus' record I think he [McIlroy] 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.