Your wordplay doesn't change the fact that you said Jack didn't do anything to manipulate the GOAT criteria, when he did.
It doesn't change the simple fact that these tournaments weren't called "majors" in 1913, or 1930, or even 1953 (which is all I was saying in calling them "majors").
It doesn't change the fact that these four events - in particular the British Open - weren't anywhere near as much of a focus for a lot of players until Arnie and Jack came onto the scene (which coincided with TV, cheaper/faster airfare/flights, etc.). To that, even the PGA and the R&A didn't really consider each other's tournament terribly "big" since they often scheduled them with overlapping dates. Had they not, Ben Hogan for one might have won 18+ majors, but he wasn't afforded nearly as many playing opportunities as Jack was (nor could he reasonably win all four current "majors" in 1953 due to scheduling, but he batted 1.000 in the ones in which he could play).
In other words, and as I've been saying, the British Open wasn't all that important to U.S. players until Arnie and Jack re-vitalized the tournament and brought renewed interest to the oldest of the current majors. The U.S. Open wasn't terribly important to many foreign players, either. And the PGA lagged behind their acceptance to play in the U.S. Open, too.
No, but like others said, he did push for it to be the primary "stat" to count towards GOAT. And that's all people are saying… You said the opposite. You said that Jack never did anything to push for that to be considered. His own autobiographies refute your claim.
That's always struck me a a silly way of determining things, and will be the last thing Nicklaus supporters can cling to should Tiger (against the odds, IMO) get to 19 or 20 or so. "But Jack had 19 second-place finishes…". Big whoopty doo.
Second doesn't count. Wins matter. 19 will be > 18 even if Tiger never finishes inside the top 10 again in a major except the ones he wins.
FWIW, I consider it a very close race on GOAT. Tiger owns all the stats except the one Jack put the most emphasis on (and currently to his detriment, the one Tiger put the most emphasis on): current major victories.