Jack Nicklaus on Tiger Woods: ‘He needs our help

Jack Nicklaus Tuesday offered his thoughts on Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest, voicing support and concern.

“I feel bad for Tiger. Tiger’s a friend. He’s been great for the game of golf. He needs our help. I wish him well,” Nicklaus said during a press conference for The Memorial Tournament, which begins Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Tiger Woods was arrested by police early Monday morning in South Florida after they believed he was improperly parked on the right side of the roadway, police documents released Tuesday show.

“I’m a fan of Tiger’s. I’m a friend of Tiger’s. And I feel bad for him,” Nicklaus added. “I think that he’s struggling. And I wish him well. I hope he gets out of it and I hope he plays golf again. He needs a lot of support from a lot of people…And I’ll be one of them.”

Woods was asleep at the wheel in his parked and still running Mercedes when police found him, the police incident report said. Woods underwent his fourth back surgery in April and will not return to play this season. He told police he was taking several prescriptions, including two painkillers. Woods said Monday night alcohol was not involved, He took two breathalyzer tests and blew 0.00 on each.

Woods has won 14 majors to the 18 of Nicklaus. But Woods has not won a major since 2008 and has dealt with multiple injuries and a very public divorce since. Nicklaus on Tuesday admitted golf missed out on the potential of Woods making history.

“Tiger, I always thought, was going to break my record,” Nicklaus said. “Did I enjoy watching him play? Absolutely. Did I enjoy every time Tiger did something, my name was mentioned right beside it? It kept me relevant. It was a good for me as it was for him.”