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2012 U.S. Open: Jack Nicklaus Picks Tiger Woods To Win

One person who hasn't lost faith in Tiger Woods over the last few years is the man Woods has spent his entire career chasing.

Jack Nicklaus, who won the last of his 16th majors at the age of 46, knows all about the mid-career struggles top golfers can go through.

In an interview with the Monterey Herald, Nicklaus cited Woods recent victory at the Memorial Tournament as proof that he still had what it takes to win the U.S. Open:

"If Tiger plays like he did at the Memorial, he'll be tough," Nicklaus said. "But there's also so many good players playing well right now. One thing's for sure -it's going to be a great tournament."

Since Tiger's 2008 U.S. Open victory, there have been 14 different winners in the last 14 majors.

As Nicklaus said, the field is as strong as ever, but no one golfer has emerged to take the reigns from Woods as he dealt with both injury and personal controversy in the last four years.

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