This new Tiger Woods we've all been watching and the likes of Nick Faldo and Peter Kostis have been talking about, plays like a house on fire Thursdays and Fridays and then goes up in flames on the more pressure-packed weekends.
It's like the latest thing that's bothering him isn't his back, his knee, inexplicable bad bounces, mud in his eye or a bad caddy, it's kind of what you might call a Reverse Mr. October Syndrome.
Mr. October the original, as you'll recall, was one Reggie Jackson who hit home runs like crazy all season long, and then hit even more of them when it mattered most, during the World Series in October.
An unbelievable three in a row one gorgeous fall night way back pre-steroids in New York.
So now Tiger doesn't have it anymore at all when it counts most.
The exorbitant fist pumping that used to follow lead-jacking sinkers which rolled in from impossible distances, have been replaced by a dour, sad visage as another six footer blows by the hole without even taking a peek over the edge.
His skills now seem to be inversely-proportional to the importance of the moment.
At the Deutsche Bank Classic in Boston Tiger put more pressure on himself than he did on the leaders Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen.
Sure he shot better than he has on recent Sundays when he had a chance to win, but that's a far cry from the guy who used fight his way into the lead and then shoot lights out after that.
Now the lights that are out may well be in Tiger's head. But that's not for sure. Sean Foley has him knocking a sweet little fade pretty close to the pin now. That's on the plus side.
But the pressure of wining the FedEx cup and getting not only $10,000,000 but his whole life back may be too much to bear for someone with RMOS (Reverse Mr. October Syndrome).
We'll see on the next two Sundays, where the TW comeback really stands.
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