There’s lots of great things happening on the Pro Tour already this year, but Tiger Woods isn’t one of them. Six years ago people were wondering whether Tiger was as good as Jack, thinking that Jack had tougher competition. That may have been true. It certainly isn’t now. The fields are packed with great golfers, most of them 33 and younger. Now a days it’s going to be hard for anyone to win a major. You’ve got to be on your A game for all four rounds just to have a chance.
I used to write about Tiger’s swing changes, physical problems and life problems. The last two items are well behind him and he’s had more than enough time to make swing changes. So what’s his problem? It looks to me like he’s just plain TIRED.
Tiger started competitive golf at about age 5 and has known little else for 33 years. That’s a long time for anyone to eat and breathe only one thing. So far this year he’s been missing enthusiasm and who could blame him. I don’t think there’s any debate any more that what separates the winners from the losers in competitive golf is the mind. Is it surprising that Tiger’s well of enthusiasm and energy might finally have run dry.
Tiger had a ferocious win streak going some years back, then his dad died, his personal life imploded and his body fell apart. All anyone in the press asks him anymore is when is he going to win another major. I don’t know what Tiger would do if he stopped playing competitive golf, he hasn’t shown any interest in other parts of the game. Even his course design efforts seem stuck.
Then again, no one ever really knows what goes on in Tiger’s mind. It must take a lot of work to keep so much locked up for so long. Maybe he should come out for some tournaments and spend time connecting with the crowds and enjoying what he’s done for the game. He might forget his ‘winning is the only thing’ mantra for awhile and tap into some joy. That might bring the energy back along with his game!