Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Majors Pale beside Redemption for Tiger

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Majors Pale beside Redemption for Tiger

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THE closer Tiger Woods has come to matching the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus, the more he has come to see it as a hollow pursuit without many of the things he has lost.

Woods, a 14-time major champion, said yesterday the sex scandal that forced him into a five-month hiatus from golf, together with his father's death and children's birth, helped put a new perspective on his boyhood dream.

"It's not about championships. It's about how you live your life," Woods said. "I needed to change that. I need to be a better man going forward than I was."

Woods, pictured, who seeks a 72nd US PGA triumph and fifth Masters crown starting tomorrow at Augusta National, has learned that passing Nicklaus will have no value for a man who has sacrificed himself and all he holds dear in the feat.

"What I have done over the past years has been just terrible to my family," Woods said. "Winning golf tournaments is irrelevant compared to the damage I've caused. …

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