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Tiger happy in pursuit of Jack

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Tiger Woods' major drought stretches back four years, but the former world No. 1 still feels he is progressing as a player.

Woods has been stuck on 14 major wins since 2008 and the odds are lengthening as to whether he will overhaul Jack Nicklaus' record of 18.

He has been working hard on his game with coach Sean Foley for the past couple of years and he feels that his major finishes this year - 40th in the Masters, 21st in the US Open and third in the Open - suggest he is starting to reap the fruits of his labour.

"I'm pleased at the way I was able to play at certain times and obviously disappointed that I did not win," Woods said ahead of the US PGA Championship which gets underway on Thursday. "I've played in three major championships this year and I didn't win any of them. That's the goal.

"I was there at the US Open after two days [joint leader] and I was right there with a chance at the British Open.

"Things have progressed, but not winning a major championship doesn't feel very good." Woods is still focused on reeling in Nicklaus but is not fretting over it.

"I figure it's going to take a career - a long time," he said. "Jack didn't finish his until he was 46, so if you go by that timetable I've got 10 more years.

"Four more majors is a lot, but I've got plenty of time."

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