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Tiger: “I’ll Come Back When I’m Ready”

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:07 Saturday, 14 February 2015 22:25

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With all the health issues he’s faced the last few years and swing coach changes and personal turmoil etc., etc., it seems the Tiger mystique has finally received its most crippling blow. He can’t play anymore.

The most dominant player on the planet over the last 15 years has come down with a serious case of the chip-yips…and it is really hard to watch.

So you can imaging how hard it is for the player to accept what has befallen him of late.

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Tiger Watch: Biggest Obstacle Facing Woods Might Be Between the Ears

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 02:56 Tuesday, 10 February 2015 02:47

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SAN DIEGO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The BBC called on Thanksgiving weekend in 2009 looking for insight on the shocking, sordid details about the private life of Tiger Woods and how this would affect his pursuit of golf’s most meaningful record.

The line of questions made one thing clear. They didn’t need a golf writer, they needed a psychologist.

Five years later, has anything changed?

Ignore for a moment the bunker shot that Woods blasted into the bleachers on the 16th hole during the pro-am at the Phoenix Open. Or the 82 he posted in the second round at the TPC Scottsdale, the worst score of his career. The record will show he has more WDs than top 10s in the last 18 months.

But this might be the most sobering thought.

Is it possible that perhaps his greatest strength — his mind — is now his weakness?

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Tiger Woods Withdraws From Farmers Insurance Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:11 Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:59

by Alfie Lau
 

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A two-and-a-half hour fog delay was a key factor in Tiger Woods withdrawing after only 11 holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines during the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open Thursday.

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Mickelson Thinks Woods Will Have ‘Last Laugh’

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 20:01 Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:56

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SAN DIEGO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — One player not concerned about Tiger Woods and his golf game is his longest rival — Phil Mickelson.

Woods is coming off the worst score of his PGA Tour career — 82 — last week in the Phoenix Open. He missed the cut by 12 shots, and it was the first time in his career that he missed the cut in two straight tour events, though they were played six months apart. Most disconcerting was how badly his short game looked.

With analysis on overdrive, the immediate chatter has shifted from whether Woods will match the Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors (Woods has 14) to whether he can win three more regular PGA Tour events and match the record 82 won by Sam Snead.

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Tiger Already Thinking About Augusta

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:56 Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:46

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SAN DIEGO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The tournament that Tiger Woods used to dominate now feels more like a big practice ground with splendid views of the Pacific.

Woods always says he doesn’t enter a tournament unless he thinks he can win, and he has done that 79 times on the PGA Tour. There was nothing Wednesday to suggest he felt any differently at Torrey Pines, even though he is coming off an 82 at the Phoenix Open, the highest score of his career.

But while he is playing at Torrey Pines, where he is an eight-time winner as a pro, his mind was clearly on the Masters.

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