Tiger Woods: I can still beat Nicklaus' major record

Tiger Woods, Pro Golfer
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Ailing Tiger Woods said Monday he hopes to return to competitive golf soon, but he did not give a specific timeline for his comeback from back injuries.

"I'm progressing. I'm getting a little better. Just give it a little time," Woods told reporters at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, where he will host the Quicken Loans National next month.

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The 40-year-old Woods has not played on the PGA Tour since last fall as he deals with the latest in a string of injuries. Last month, he held out of the Masters as he recovers from a September back surgery.

Still, Woods, one of golf's most successful players ever with 14 major championships and 79 PGA Tour victories, remains confident. He said he thinks legend Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors "is certainly still attainable."

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Woods said he can play competitively again when he can have full practice sessions and "feel good" at the end of them.

"My plan is to get well. Whether that's by next week or a year from now, I don't know," he said.

Woods has compiled a net worth of about $700 million, according to Forbes. He still took in $50.6 million last year, Forbes said, mostly on the strength of endorsements.