From all indications, Tiger Woods plans to spend the next few weeks resting his left knee before he plays another round of tournament golf. If that causes the U.S. Open champ to miss the British Open (July 17-20), then we may not see Woods at another PGA Tour event until the PGA Championship in August.
Regardless of when we see him next, we'll see a player closing in on Jack Nicklaus' career mark of 18 major championships as a professional golfer. Woods, 32, has 14 after Monday's playoff victory at the U.S. Open. And, unless he does some serious damage to his left knee that would short-circuit his career timeline, he still has more than a decade of quality years to add to his total.
To put things into perspective, here is a look at Woods' age after 14 major titles, as well as Nicklaus' age after winning each of his last five majors (Nos. 14 through 18).
32: Woods' age when he won his 14th major (2008 U.S. Open)
35: Nicklaus' age when he won his 14th major (1975 PGA)
38: Nicklaus' age when he won his 15th major (1978 British Open)
40: Nicklaus' age when he won his 16th major (1980 U.S. Open)
40: Nicklaus' age when he won his 17th major (1980 PGA)
46: Nicklaus' age when he won his 18th major (1986 Masters)
_ Jimmy Burch