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Ok, so the slide we all want to read is after this one. But this is definitely still an important aspect of Tiger's game.
Tiger's mental edge was there at Augusta. Somewhat. On thursday, Woods didn't make too many waves. But his best round is not his first. Traditionally, Tiger is a person whose moves are in rounds two and three.
Tiger made his move up in round two. Not much bad could be said about his round, except what is on the next slide. He played with confidence, played each shot, not each swing.
Saturday, however, Tiger never got going. He just couldn't find that spark to get everything in sync. Essentially, Tiger took himself out of the mix.
So, going into the last day, Tiger had the right idea. Go low. He did for nine holes. This time, the front, not the back. He made a valiant charge, never giving up. But the reality was sobering. Tiger's 10-under was never going to be enough, since so many golfers had holes left when he finished.
I can't commend Tiger enough for one of the best efforts at a major Sunday comeback in a long time. He fell just short, and it was for no reason the attitude he had.
His attitude still was a little strange, as you heard him yelling at "Woodrow," but everyone has their quirks. Tiger happens to yell a lot. He was rather reserved with his word choice, much to the fact it was Augusta. He just has to keep working on how he approaches things on the course.
Something else to think about. Tiger finally got the fist pump going. Not obnoxiously, but enough where he could get the crowd and himself into it. It's great to be able to lift yourself up and push yourself to new heights. Tiger feeds off energy like that, and should keep that mentality of focusing on when he hits good shots, adjusting the bad and allowing it to be a part of his evolution.
Grade for Mentality: B.
Two out of four days, he was unbeatable. One, iffy. Another, he wasn't ever there. Left plenty to be food for thought over the next few days.