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DEAD HEAT

By missing the cut at the PGA, Tiger Woods effectively ended his 2011 PGA Tour season, failing to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs as well as his own unofficial Chevron World Challenge event in December. The good news for Woods? Despite the longest majorless drought of his career (38 months), he is still on pace in his quest to break the most iconic record in the game—Jack Nicklaus's 18 major victories. After making the '08 U.S. Open his 14th major title, Woods had a three-year advantage on Nicklaus. But now, at age 35 (Woods turns 36 in December), Woods and Nicklaus, at the same stage of his career, are in a dead heat. Nicklaus, who was relatively injury free until his 50s, needed another 11 years to win number 18. The most-asked question in golf: Can the oft-injured Woods win this race? Here's how the two greats compare in the majors at age 35.

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NICKLAUS

WOODS

64

Starts

62

14

Wins

14

12

2nds

6

7

3rds

3

45

Top 10s

35

58

Cuts

57

71.47

Scoring Avg.

70.57

+70

To Par

-114

73

In 60s

83

PHOTO

ROBERT BECK (WOODS)

PHOTO

TONY TRIOLO (NICKLAUS)