Tiger Woods' Meltdown at Augusta Shows Struggling Legend's Mental Game Is Shot
After Tiger Woods' victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year, he was supposed to be getting back on track, leaving his baggage behind him.
But Woods' head was not right in the second round of the Masters on Friday, and it showed. After scoring an even par in the first round, Woods shot a three-over-par on Friday, complete with five bogeys and one punted golf club on the 16th.
Woods had a right to be frustrated. He started off well in the second round, with two birdies in his first three holes then he went downhill from there...and into some bunkers. He completely fell apart, hitting numerous balls off the course, including one that flew into the crowd. He reminded us that we will never see the dominant Tiger we once did.
Will Woods win another major? I don't think so. We hold on to every positive sign from Tiger, like the victory at Bay Hill this year, instead of paying attention to his overall game, which is inconsistent. I was one of the believers after his victory at Bay Hill, thinking that perhaps a better state of mind would catapult him at Augusta, but it's become more and more apparent that since Tiger's mental game fell apart a couple years ago, it never has truly come back.
Despite some early bogeys, Woods had plenty of opportunities to make a comeback on Friday. Instead, he tanked.
The sad part is, he still has the ability to win a Major. Remember, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he placed second at the Honda Classic, just behind Rory McIlroy.
In reality, it's not about his ability anymore; we know he still has the ability to win a golf tournament. It's about him overcoming his mistakes on the links.
Will Tiger win another Major?
Woods crumbled after every bad sign on Friday. He didn't fight through it, he ran into a brick wall. His form was awful and you could just see the wheels turning in his head before every shot. He's mechanically golfing, instead of simply letting it fly, like he did when he won 14 Majors.
Woods was frustrated because he was playing poorly on Friday. What makes it so frustrating for golf fans is we know he's capable of more, but he isn't showing any signs of breaking through.
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