The US Masters golf tournament starts on Thursday but world number one Tiger Woods will not be there to add to his 14 major titles.
This is the only time Woods will not be playing the first major of the year since 1995, but golfing legend and record holder Jack Nicholas believes Tiger will still beat his record of 18 major wins.
“I still think he’ll break my record. As long as he is physically able to do it,” Nicklaus told ESPN Radio.
“I feel very bad for Tiger, he has really worked towards the record.”
Rory McIlroy heads this years US Masters betting and will be a massive barrier for Woods in breaking the record. The Northern Ireland golfer is only 24 and looks set to add to his two major titles very soon.
English golfer Sir Nick Faldo disagrees with Nicholas.
“If you want a yes or a no, it’s a no,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
“If he can get to 15 it will be his greatest golfing achievement, after going through all that. Time is flying.
“It’s six years since his last major, eight years since his last dominance and the last three years he has had some serious injuries to deal with. Mentally, it’s hard. He’s been a pro golfer for 20 years, that’s a lot.”
So lets hope Tiger recovers from his back injury and is able to line up in the second major of the year in the US Open in June.