Woods not interested in beating Palmer's Masters record

World No.1 sees no point in competing if he can't win

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TIGER WOODS is not interested in beating Arnold Palmer’s record of 50 straight Masters appearances.

The question was put to Woods, who has played 18 times in the Masters, following his playoff loss to Zach Johnson at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge yesterday.

When asked how long he expected to play under his ‘Lifetime Exemption’ the World No.1 said: “Let me put it to you this way, I’m not going to beat Arnold’s record. I’m not playing that long. That’s for sure.”

Palmer has won the tournament four times, competing from 1955 to 2004. However, Palmer has not made the top-half of the leaderboard in his last 20 attempts which urged Woods to add he wasn’t interested in playing when he could no longer compete.

“You know, for me, I always want to win,” he said. “If I can’t win, why tee it up?  That’s just my own personal belief.

“And I know what it takes to prepare to win and what it takes to go out there and get the job done, and there’s going to come a point in time where I just can’t do it anymore. 

“We all as athletes face that moment.  I’m a way away from that moment in my sport, but when that day happens I’ll make a decision and that’s it.”

The inevitable question was then when that may be, to which Woods responded: “Well, considering Tom (Watson) almost won the British Open at age 59, you know.

“Sam (Snead) winning at 53 or 54 at Greensboro. We can do it for a long period of time. And you’ve seen so many guys of late where — Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Raymond Floyd, Freddie (Couples) do well in their late 40s and 50s.

“Every other sport you’re done at my age, or younger. You know, in golf you can still win golf tournaments in your 50s, and guys have done it. Guys have proven it.  And I think that’s probably the more difficult thing is that you can still finish Top 10, top 5s, but you’re probably just not quite as efficient as you need to be to win golf tournaments. But you can still be there.

“What’s Freddie now, 54 now or something like that? And every single year it seems like he’s in contention to win the Masters, like the last 20 some odd years. You can just do it. At certain venues you can do it."

With players now teeing it up at Augusta well into their 60s, Woods was asked whether he saw himself “mellowing” on the subject.

“No. Mellowing on that, no,” he said.

“I’ll be on that first tee starting out the event hitting a ceremonial drive as an honorary starter, I’m sure. So I mean you hit a good drive and you can’t get to where you can see the flag, I don’t — I don’t know why it’s even fun.”

A record Woods is definitely out to beat is Jack Nicklaus' 18 major wins.The 37-year-old has been stuck on 14 major triumphs since 2008 and more and more fans are starting to doubt whether the World No.1 will win another major, let alone beat Nicklaus record.