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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 149
COULD Tiger Woods be finished? After watching what was once the most dominating force in world golf metaphorically limp around a track he once owned, we're being forced to face that uncomfortable question. For the record, I don't think the former world No.1 can be written off just yet – many have made that mistake in the past only to find themselves wiping egg from their eyes shortly thereafter. But his 85-stab third round at The Memorial – and worst 72-hole tournament score in his professional career – cannot simply be put down to some 'troubles' in his game. Blind Freddie can see that Woods' is bleeding profusely, and the stitches need to be put in pronto if this Tiger is to survive the latest mauling. While witnessing Woods' dramatic fall from grace, we should remember that much of it is of his own doing. In a tragic poetic twist, that same passionate drive for perfection that helped him win 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour titles is the very thing that has led to the current state of his game. Constantly overhauling a swing that many considered was already 'perfect' back in 2000 – a year that saw him begin a four-consecutive major streak – is what baffles most of us observers. Many players have tinkered with their swings and won again, but very few have overhauled it and seen success repeat. Yet Woods did succeed again because, well, he's Tiger Woods – a golfing genius. That desire for perfection also led him to the gym. He went from a wiry, powerful player to The Hulk, and the new-look, fitter and stronger Woods was celebrated as paving the way for the new era in golf. He redefined what a golfer's physique needed to be to win on Tour. But he went overboard and It's hardly a coincidence that with all that heavy lifting came a host of injuries, a list of which would have ended many other careers of less-determined minds. Again, Woods overcame those setbacks all through pure grit and stubborn determination. But it is his unyielding desire to perfect perfection, and his unwavering belief in the thoughts of those around him that has brought him to what we can only hope is his rock bottom. If it is, the only way from here on is up for Woods, although the steep climb ahead looks rather daunting. He can't go back to his circa-2000 self. He can't return to his younger injury-free, sinewy body. But he can swallow some pride, ditch the swing thoughts filtering in from those around him and trust his natural ability. No matter what's going on between his ears, he hasn't lost his talent. And as hard as it might be to watch right now, Woods got himself into this mess. Only he can get himself out of it. OTG the VIEW SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS IT'S DIFFICULT WATCHING TIGER WOODS FALL APART ON THE BIG STAGE. BUT THE TRUTH IS, HE ONLY HAS HIMSELF TO BLAME. by Damian Shutie OTG editor-in-chief Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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