DULUTH, Ga. - Tiger Woods has spent most of his career on the PGA Tour chasing "The Bear." With six major championships among his 28 PGA Tour victories, Woods is well on pace to break the record of 18 major professional championships belonging to Jack Nicklaus.
Last month, Woods was salmon fishing with Mark O'Meara and John Cook in Alaska. It was a successful trip, almost too successful.
"Mark landed a king [salmon] almost a half-mile down the river," Woods recalled yesterday. "He dragged it along the bank. Actually, a guy dragged it up on the bank and along the trail and I landed my king after him. Cookie is out of the river and yells out, `There's a bear!' "
O'Meara and Cook scooted along the river bank dragging their fish. Woods was already in their boat, prepared to throw his catch at the bear if it got close. The bear came within 20 yards of the group before they took off with their fishing guide across the river.
"We're still here," said Woods.
And so is the record of "The Bear," with a Tiger in full pursuit.