Tiger Woods' Consistent Meltdowns Show Where His Mental State Is

Scott Semmler@@ScottSemmler22Analyst IIApril 7, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the 18th hole during the second round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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We have always known Tiger Woods to have a bit of a temper when it comes to the golf course, but his recent antics have come under much scrutiny–especially since they took place at the ultra-conservative Augusta National.

Another reason why his recent tantrums have sparked some debate is that he is playing terrible golf.

It was fine when he was playing great golf because he was, well, Tiger Woods and was a competitive phenomenon.

Now, with Woods simply frustrated in his golf game and inability to put more than a few shots together without cursing or throwing clubs, the acts look terrible to the spectators.

Throwing a club then kicking it at The Masters is terrible to see, but doing it at The Masters is unacceptable.

Woods issued this informal apology after Saturday's round.

“I’m sorry if I offended anybody by that,” Woods said. “I’ve hit some bad shots, and it’s certainly frustrating at times not to hit the ball where I’ve needed to hit it.”

He also tried to make light of the situation after he received quite a bit of public backlash since his Friday antics.

"I certainly heard that people didn't like me kicking the club," Woods said. "But I didn't like it, either. I hit it right in the bunker. Didn't feel good on my toe, either."

It truly shows what kind of mental state Woods is in right now.

He expects to hit the ball where he wants to based on the fact that he has been rid of injury for quite some time, and also has a victory to show just how good he is.  When a player of his caliber cannot meet the personal expectations of himself, the anger and disappointment come out.

Even on Saturday, he was still cursing and showing just how frustrated he was with himself.

It will not stop for Woods; his competitive nature is just who he is.  You cannot go from that good to that bad without dealing with open frustration.

He just chooses to do it openly at Augusta National–an obvious no-no in the golf world.