As only he can, Jack Nicklaus cut to the heart of what is the most important major of Tiger Woods' career.
"He's played very, very well this spring," the Golden Bear said on Tuesday.
"If he wins here, I think that it would be a very large step towards regaining confidence.
"He has not won a major in (five) years ... if he figures it out here, it will be a big boost for him."
But the opposite is true, too, said the straight-talking mid-Westerner.
"If he doesn't figure it out here, after the spring he's had, I think it will be a lot tougher for him," Nicklaus said.
The message embedded in Jack's words?
Nicklaus has never wavered in his belief that Woods will break his record of 18 majors. But he knows it won't be easy from here on out.
"Obviously the older he gets and if he doesn't win, it makes my record move out further," he said. "But I've said it, and I continue to say it that I still expect ...