Tiger Woods will be facing one of golf's most grueling events when the Accenture Match Play tournament gets underway today.
In the past, Woods has dominated this one-on-one event. Lately, though, Tiger has struggled to make it to the final day as he's lost some of his edge that once made him so great.
Here's why Tiger will be able to regain that edge and capture his fourth Accenture Match Play Championship.
He will Build off his Momentum
After any sign of good play, the question always reads: "Is Tiger back?"
Following his win at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, we saw the same question posed by everyone in the golf world. Tiger did something at Torrey Pines that he hasn't done in a while--he dominated.
Outside of his shaky last round, Woods looked like the player of old. His putting was deadly, his drives were monstrous and he had the look in his eyes that we were accustomed to seeing pre-Thanksgiving 2009.
After winning at one of his favorite places to play, he travels to another course he is comfortable at and an event where he is used to winning when he tees it up. With his golf stroke in seemingly good form, and a heap of momentum following his 14-under tournament win nearly a month ago, Tiger is ready to step back onto the scene at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club this weekend.
Before Tiger's ugly divorce, he seemed more of a robot than a human being. On top of his uncanny killer instinct, the shots he was able to consistently hit under pressure were nothing like anyone had ever seen before.
The fallout from his divorce has indubitably made Tiger more human, causing his golf game to become more vulnerable to adversity, much like the rest of us.
A funny thing happened a month ago at Torrey Pines, though. Only a week prior Tiger had missed the cut at Abu Dhabi Championship after a series of mental breakdowns, yet the next week Tiger was able to put Abu Dhabi behind him and dominate the field.
His victory at Torrey Pines demonstrated that he has recaptured his ability to put the past behind him and focus on the task at hand. It was his ability to forget about a bogey on the last hole and follow it up with a birdie on the next that made him so dangerous.
The one-on-one nature of the Accenture Match Play makes the ability to forget about a bad hole invaluable, and it's part of the reason Tiger has played so well during it.
This weekend we will see if Tiger has truly regained his former elite status, as the Accenture Match Play will surely test him. In the end, though, Tiger Woods will be the last man standing.