An LA Times interview with Byron Nelson has some thoughts from Golf’s Grand Old Man on Tiger and jack Nicklaus. The most interesting, was about Tiger’s motivation:
“Suppose next year, just suppose, that Tiger wins the Grand Slam. Then he doesn’t have much of a drive any more. He could say, ‘Well, I’ve done it all.’ Unless he invents something else to motivate himself, like trying to win the Grand Slam twice.
Now there’s a thought that fits in with other players’ speculation that Tiger might retire early. He’d be like Alexander, who reportedly wept because there were no more worlds to conquer. Note that Alexander also retired early—o.k., he died young, but it amounts to the same thing.