British Open 2012: Why Tiger Woods' Hot Start Won't Last

Joe FitzhenryCorrespondent IIJuly 19, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 19:  Tiger Woods of the United States waves to the gallery on the eighteenth hole during the first round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 19, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Ever since the infamous Thanksgiving 2009 incident, Tiger Woods' golf game has never quite been the same. 

Long gone are the days of Tiger showing up and dominating the rest of the field. We won't see any more of those types of victories. 

He remains one of the world's best golfers and the sport's biggest draw. But the rest of the world has seemingly caught up to him and it has begun to show in the major tournaments. 

I'm not a Tiger hater; I want to see the guy do well. But his recent performances in majors have showed me that he won't ever make a full return to his pre-incident form. 

Sure, the victories have been nice this year, but everyone knows that majors mean the most to him. All eyes will be watching this weekend to see how Tiger performs on one of the sport's biggest stages. 

Shooting a 67 this morning is a nice start to the tournament, but can Tiger avoid the same fate that cost him a shot at the U.S. Open earlier this year?

Would the old Tiger ever have a shot a 75 and 73 in the final two rounds of a major? 

I don't think so. 

Golf requires more mental focus than any other sport, and you have wonder what kind of effect the media frenzy has truly had on Woods over the past two-and-a-half years. 

I'm not trying to say that he's thinking about his personal life on the 18th green at Augusta National, but he doesn't possess that killer instinct we grew so accustomed to seeing in years past. 

His trademark fist pump at the Memorial this year was one of the first displays of true emotion that we have seen in quite a while from Tiger. 

Everyone keeps waiting for Woods to finally break through and capture his 15th major victory, but until that killer instinct appears again, he won't return to his old form.

His mistakes have forever changed our view of him and he won't ever be the same Tiger Woods we all thought we knew.