Tiger Woods’ new mentality could solely damage him

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Solely Tiger Woods is aware of what’s greatest for him.

The query is whether or not that’s going to be ok to win the British Open this week at Royal Portrush.

It could be someplace between Pollyanna and irresponsible to not query Woods’ preparation technique for this British Open.

For the second main championship this 12 months Woods has opted to not play a warmup event beforehand. The earlier time he did it — after successful the Masters in April — that technique appeared to backfire on the PGA Championship in Might.

Woods understandably opted to indulge in his win at Augusta Nationwide and took a while off to benefit from the 15th main championship most individuals (together with himself) thought he may by no means win. However he seemed rusty and unprepared when he turned up at Bethpage Black for the PGA Championship a month later, and he missed the minimize after taking pictures 5-over in two rounds.

For those who’re a Woods fan and are determined to see him break Jack Nicklaus’ report of 18 main championships, this must be regarding. Woods has given off an awesome vibe of utter satisfaction since his Masters victory.

Woods, in his sensible profession, by no means was once one to indulge in any of his accomplishments. He used to test off bins and ruthlessly transfer on to the subsequent activity at hand. Maybe that was part of what made him so profitable, such a relentless winner.

However Woods is in a unique part of his life now, with two youngsters now sufficiently old to know his profession and with this new lease on his skilled life after it appeared 4 again surgical procedures had derailed it perpetually.

The truth, whether or not or not he’s sincere sufficient to confess this to himself, is that this: Not even the good Woods can merely press a button and carry out at his highest stage after not getting ready correctly.

It’s clear Woods doesn’t have the identical drive he as soon as had, and that’s comprehensible. A giant a part of the actual fact he doesn’t grind as a lot between main championships as he did prior to now has to do with the actual fact his 43-year-old surgically-repaired physique received’t enable him to take action.

After ending tied for 21st on the U.S. Open final month and Pebble Seaside, Woods took his household on a trip to Thailand — the homeland of his mom, Tida, and returned house to Florida a week-and-a-half in the past.

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Will per week’s price of apply — presumably at Medalist, Woods’ house membership in Florida — translate to a successful efficiency at Portrush, a hyperlinks course in Northern Eire he’s by no means seen?

That is still to be seen. But when we’re going by latest outcomes, it doesn’t bode effectively for him successful his 16th profession main event and tying Sam Snead for essentially the most all-time wins on the PGA Tour at 82.

Paul Azinger, the previous a number of PGA Tour winner who’s now the lead analyst on NBC’s golf broadcast, is one who believes Woods remains to be experiencing a “Masters hangover.’’ Azinger went so far as to take a position the Masters victory may adversely have an effect on Woods past this week’s British Open.

“I’m not fairly as excessive on Tiger as I used to be earlier than he received The Masters, due to the mountain-top expertise,’’ Azinger advised The Publish. “I’m by no means going to rely Tiger out of the majors. He received the Masters. [But] it felt prefer it made him too content material. It’s essentially the most content material I’ve ever seen him. Tiger has by no means seemed happy.

“Don’t get me flawed, he’s [been] blissful within the second, celebrating massive pictures. However the subsequent day, he’s shifting on. This Masters, he’s not shifting on but. That was such a mountain-top expertise, I believe it’s going to be laborious for Tiger to ever win something once more.

“That was virtually just like the cherry on prime of the cake. That’s what it seems to be like, what it felt like. I hope it’s not the cherry on prime of the cake.’’

Betting in opposition to Woods has by no means been a sensible funding, however that was then (when he was successful his first 14 majors and dominating the game) and that is now.

One a number of main champion, Irishman Padraig Harrington, just lately questioned Woods’ method to this Open Championship.

“I personally assume in the event you’re severe about successful The Open, you’ve acquired to be enjoying event golf no less than earlier than it,’’ Harrington advised reporters prematurely of the Irish Open. “Hyperlinks golf is completely different. You’re giving up some pictures in the event you don’t play some hyperlinks golf within the couple of weeks coming as much as it.’’

Twice in his profession Woods has received main championships when not enjoying a event in between — the 1999 PGA Championship and the 2008 U.S. Open.

“I’ve by no means been as much as Portrush, and I’m wanting ahead to getting up there and having a look on the golf course and making an attempt to determine it out,” Woods mentioned after the U.S. Open. “[I] undoubtedly must do my homework as soon as I get there.’’

Solely Woods is aware of what’s greatest for him. We’ll see if it’s ok.