DUBLIN (Ohio) (AFP) Jack Nicklaus still expects Tiger Woods to break his all-time record of 18 major golf titles, even though the world number one is struggling with injury, scandal and second-ranked Phil Mickelson. Nicklaus will host defending champion Woods and Mickelson at Muirfield Village this week for the six million-dollar PGA Memorial, a key test just two weeks ahead of the US Open at Pebble Beach, where Woods won the 2000 US Open. Its interesting that Tiger and Phil are sort of battling for No. 1 at this point in time. That should be interesting here, Nicklaus said Tuesday. Tiger has played better than Phil has here, but Phil has played well here. Woods, who also won the Memorial from 1999 through 2001, withdrew from the Players Championship last month with an inflamed facet joint in his neck. Add that to a five-month layoff in the wake of a marital infidelity scandal that left Woods ridiculed and apologetic and it would be no shock if Nicklaus thought the 14-time major winner had lost his chance at the all-time mark. But he doesnt think that way at all. Do I still think Tiger will break my record? Yeah, I think he probably will, Nicklaus said. Hes a very dedicated, hard-working golfer. But I always said you have to do it. Its not just a gimme. My career is what it was and my record is what it is. But I said firmly that (record) will be broken by Tiger. If it is, its OK. I just want to be the first one there to shake his hand. Woods, who shared fourth at the Masters, is in a pivotal stretch of major events with the US Open at Pebble and British Open next month at St. Andrews on courses where he has enjoyed impressive major triumphs before. Tiger has come along, obviously the best player thats come along in a long time, but I felt like, with the problems that he had last year and this year particularly, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews were important golf courses for him, Nicklaus said. He basically had won on those fairly easily through the years. If he had problems with those golf courses, sure they wont come around for a while. He is 35 now. Maybe it might be tougher. After this week, Woods has committed only to play in the US and British Opens and the PGA National, a US tour tuneup event two weeks before St. Andrews. Nicklaus said the pressure on him to stretch the all-time major record was minimal because the era was so different and he eased back in 1980, calling his 1986 Masters victory at age 46 a mistake. I had already broken that record. Did I win more? Yeah, I won more because I still liked to play golf and I worked at it, Nicklaus said. But I didnt work at it after I won when I was 40 in 1980. I felt like that was the end of my career as it relates to really working and going after something. You know, I think the win in 86 was just a mistake, I suppose in many ways. I shouldnt have won that. I played well enough to win it that week. Nicklaus spoke of finding ways to create his own sense of pressure upon himself and sees a similar drive in Woods as he copes with the extra pressure heaped upon him over his epic adultery scandal. I wanted that pressure on myself and I think Tiger wants that pressure on himself, Nicklaus said. His pressure is a lot greater simply because of the media attention today and what happens to the sport. Times have changed. Will he have a tougher time coming down the stretch? Maybe.