Bridgestone Invitational 2011: Tiger Woods Looks to Regain Dominance

Luke Pashke@@luke_pashkeCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2011

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 04:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on the South Course at Firestone Country Club on August 4, 2011 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods has always experienced great success at Bridgestone Invitational.

He has won the tournament seven times throughout his career and at this point no one could use a welcoming and familiar golf course more than Woods. His career has absolutely plummeted since his notorious marriage scandal and a series of nagging injuries has prevented him from competing at the level we are so used to seeing him play.

Most importantly, Woods has seemingly lost his grip on the rest of the tour. The fear that he constantly instilled in the rest of the field is completely gone.

No golfer fears this vulnerable Tiger Woods.

The only way to remind the field of this past fear is with a win and what better place to begin his comeback than Woods' old stomping ground? 

Of course, Woods is still an extremely talented golfer. In fact, he is probably the most gifted golfer to ever play on the PGA tour. Yes, this has contributed to his career's illustrious success, but his greatest asset has always been his intimidation factor.

Before a tournament even could begin, people would fear Tiger and dread playing against him. He was in his competition's head without even swinging a golf club and he always had that killer mentality.

He was as Jordan as golf can get and while he still has the mindset and talent to return to his dominant state, he lacks one essential advantage: his ability to intimidate. 

Right now golfers lack any fear of Woods and haven't thought twice to call him out at press conferences or in interviews. As long as Woods isn't a completely different person, you can guarantee he has made a mental note of his naysayers and looks to silence all his critics.

You can bet Tiger has used this doubt as motivation to make his comeback as the most dominating golfer on the planet—and the most intimidating.