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Sully's Power Take: Forget Jack, 10 majors is out of reach

Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship on Sunday, becoming the 10th different winner in the last 10 majors. In fact, no one finished in the top three in more than one major this season.

The question used to be whether Tiger Woods could break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors. Now it's if anyone can equal Tiger, who won 14 and won't likely win another. Only three men (Nicklaus, Woods and Walter Hagen) have won 10 majors. I doubt anyone will reach double digits again.

You can make a case for Jordan Spieth, who won three before turning 24. But Spieth has finished out of the top 10 in six of his last seven majors. Rory McIlroy won four by age 25, but hasn't finished in the top three since 2014.

Woods and Nicklaus were almost always in contention. Tiger finished in the top five in 31 majors. Nicklaus had an amazing 19 runner-up finishes in majors to go with his 18 wins. During the 1970s, he finished in the top five in 27 of 40 majors.

No one could sustain that kind of run today. The talent in the U.S. and around the globe is too good. Winning 10 majors would be like winning 20 in Jack's day.

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