Tiger Woods’ exhilarating triumph at the Masters this past weekend has resurrected the discussion of whether he could still beat Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18 major championships in professional golf.

It remains highly improbable.

Time and history are both against Woods.

Granted, he proved this weekend that he can still compete with the world’s best. Although that’s remarkable, it’s not the same as when he was head and shoulders above everyone else and racking up his first 14 majors at a feverish pace.

Woods, due to physical and personal crises, lost a decade of what should have been his peak playing years. There’s no getting that time or those chances back.

Woods’ fifth Masters crown put him in select company in more ways than one. He is also one of only 13 players to have won a major championship at the age of 43 or older. Only two have ever won a second. Woods would have to do it four more times with a body that’s had major surgical repair.

Unlikely yes, but it will be fun to watch him try.

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