Tiger Woods isn't afraid.
Although he hasn't won a major tournament since beating Rocco Mediate in a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, and although the pressure seemingly builds with every subsequent non-victory, the current World No. 1 is confident he will soon break through.
In a recent interview with ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski, which you can see above, Woods remained positive, saying, "I know I can put myself there. And if you put yourself there enough times, you're going to win a bunch."
And "put himself there" is exactly what Woods has done.
During his current major drought, Eldrick has four "DNP's" and has missed the cut twice. But in the other 13 tournaments, he has seven top-10 finishes including a fourth at the Masters earlier this year.
Additionally, the 37-year-old has an impressive four stroke-play wins this season, with three of those coming in his last five tournaments.
It's only a matter of time before his losing streak comes to a screeching halt and he wins No. 15.
And according to Woods, doing so at Merion Golf Club will take "discipline" and "shot-making."
Merion, located in Ardmore, Pa. just northwest of Philadelphia, isn't a terribly long course, but just like every U.S. Open course, other factors—weather conditions, hole location, hazards—will prove to be integral.
Woods puts it simply: "The grind. The fight. You're going to have to grind to stay in it."
The world's top golfer has proven he is "back" from a physical perspective with his play this season. As we get closer to Merion, and as he continues to chase Jack Nicklaus, it appears he is mentally sound as well.