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Tiger never got rattled in the past.
He could be playing terribly, driving pathetically and putting woefully but he would always keep calm and he would always bounce back in to form.
Even over the past two years, with all that's gone, Tiger still managed to put it all behind him and finish top-ten at the Masters.
The now infamous club-kicking incident encapsulates perfectly the frustration that Woods is facing with his own inability to play consistent, quality golf.
Tiger's frustration with wayward drives and missed putts all come to a head when he kicked away his 9-iron in disgust, leaving commentator Nick Waldo to state:
I think we can safely can Tiger has lost his game, and his mind...
I'm not trying to discuss whether the golfing great was justified or not in his on-course tantrum; what I am saying is that it shows perfectly that Tiger isn't as emotionally stable as he once was.
Even after the round, with all the camera's and media attention fixated upon him, you could almost hear frustration and tiredness in his words:
Certainly I'm frustrated at times and I apologize if I offended anybody by that. But I've hit some bad shots and it's certainly frustrating at times not hitting the ball where you want to hit it.
I was so close to putting it together today... I'm telling you it was so close to being a really good round of golf; I just didn't take the opportunities when I had them.
Woods went on to say:
What's frustrating is I know what to do, and I just don't do it. I get out there and I don't trust it all. Especially on a golf course like this, it doesn't take much. You're a yard off here or there, which happened to be quite often, and next thing you know, I'm 40, 50 feet away.
The emotionally-solid Tiger simply is nowhere to be found—which is perfectly understandable given the pressure and expectation that he faces every time he hits the ball.
But the emotional issues will continue to haunt Woods and continue to prevent him from making a complete comeback to what he once was.