Tiger Woods: Is It Mental Or Physical?

John ReevesContributor IIJune 26, 2010

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - JUNE 20:  Tiger Woods plays from a greenside bunker on the 14th hole during the final round of the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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How Hurt is Tiger?

If we just ended Tiger's career today, he'd still be among the best golfers ever. He's got 14 wins in majors, putting him four off Jack Nicklaus' record 18 wins.

At 34, he's without a doubt ran into the wall of injuries, however is that really the reason Eldrick Tont Woods hasn't been a Tiger?

There have been injuries to Tiger before his play fell off. My point not being that he's played through the pain of being hurt, what I'm saying is that the number of injuries have taken a toll on his body.

Ankle, Leg and Knee

In 2008 after winning the US Open at Torrey Pines, it was revealed that Tiger had been playing with a torn ACL for almost a year. While practicing for that Open Championship he suffered two stress fractures in his left tibia in May 2008, just after April surgery on his knee.

Later in December he tore his right Achilles tendon, after just starting rehab on the left knee. His legs have taken some real abuse.Β 

Pains in the Neck

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In 1995, he withdrew from the US Open. In 2001, he started feeling back pain (Not from carrying the PGA Tour) that was reported to be from stress. Then just this year he withdraws from the Players Championship.

Eyes of the Tiger

In April 2007, Tiger had his second laser eye surgery, this due to headaches from squinting his eyes.

The Head of the Tiger

I'm not talking about the lacerations on his face following the Thanksgiving car crash. What I am talking about are the lingering effects of his infidelities. The man who made a billion dollars risks losing a large portion of that fortune to the scorned wife.

It was reported last month that in a divorce she wanted full custody of the children. I don't see them not giving Woods at least partial custody of the children. For a man who loves his kids this weighing on your mind would be tough.

Earl Woods

Tiger never came out and said, there went the most important man in my golfing career. He went out and played one of his best rounds ever. It lead us to believe he was fine, and that the show would go on with out his father. The fact is we don't know how badly this hurt Tiger, or his game. Being a very private person he's given up nothing that would allow us to know.

Breaking Even

The mental stress might not end for all we know, there could be long lasting effects from the destruction created. Tiger will learn to live with it all as time goes on. Time is catching up with him on, and off the course.

In a poll asking if Tiger would win a tournament in 2010, {70% yes} {30% No} most believed he'd win this year.

I believe the field is getting better while Tiger is slowing down. That doesn't mean I don't believe the dominate Tiger is gone, it just means he'll have competition like never before.

If he wants to hold that No. 1 golf ranking, he must find a way to overcome his personal issues, or learn to play with them. I believe he will, but not everyone does.

"Dominate? Never again. Tiger has lost his edge and the young guns coming up are better and better. Players from overseas are better, too. There's a Tiger out there, but he's not the one we've known." β€” Top 100 Teacher:Steve Bosdosh

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