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Nicklaus: Tiger can topple mark

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM
LEMONT, Ill. -

Jack Nicklaus said Tiger Woods can still beat his record of 18 major championships — provided he can stay in control of his mental game.

Nicklaus said Woods can achieve the feat "if he gets the five inches between his ears squared out."

"I mean Tiger has a great work ethic, he's a great competitor, the most talented kid on the planet right now," Nicklaus said Friday. "He's not going to go away."

The 35-year-old Woods has 14 major titles, but has not won a tournament since revelations of infidelities in 2009 led to the collapse of his marriage and a break from the sport. This season has been partly derailed by injuries, but Nicklaus also praised the decision by U.S. captain Fred Couples to include Woods in the 12-member Presidents Cup team that will take on non-European players in Australia in November.

"How could you not pick him," Nicklaus said. "I mean he's Tiger Woods, he's the best player in the game."

Wilson, Rose tiedfor lead at BMW

Coming off his best round of the year, Justin Rose figured it couldn't get much better in the BMW Championship. He was good enough Friday for a 3-under 68 and a share of lead with Mark Wilson.

Rose felt flat at times, especially early on the back nine at Cog Hill on a cool, overcast day in the Chicago suburbs. But a 3-iron into 30 feet for an eagle on the par-5 15th woke him up, and not even a bogey on the last hole changed his outlook on the day or the weekend of this FedEx Cup playoff event.

It was even better for Wilson, who considers Cog Hill a home course after he moved to the area. Wilson ran off four straight birdies around the turn, starting with a wedge to tap-in range at No. 8, and was steady the rest of the way for a 66.

They were at 11-under 131.

Webb Simpson, who leads the FedEx Cup and has won two of his past three tournaments, made his only bogey of the tournament on the fifth hole but was otherwise solid in his round of 68 that left him two behind.

LPGA: Lexi Thompson shot a 4-under 68 to take the lead after two rounds of the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. The 16-year-old is at 10-under 134, two shots ahead of Stacy Lewis and Becky Morgan.

CHAMPIONS: David Peoples, Michael Allen and Mark Calcavecchia opened with 6-under 66s to share the first-round lead at the Songdo IBD Championship in Incheon, South Korea.

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