For the longest time, and what now seems like forever ago, Tiger Woods dominated golf in every way imaginable. He was by far the most talented player in the field, he made clutch putts to win major titles, and yet his greatest attribute had to deal with the mental aspect of the game.
Nobody could intimidate opponents like Woods. It was the red Nike polos on Sundays, the massive galleries, and the loud roars and emphatic fist pumps that just looked to wear down anyone paired with him, especially in a tournament’s final group.
Although the domination is in the rearview mirror for now, Woods is still as competitive as any athlete around, and gave a little insight into his mindset about intimidating opponents recently at his Tiger Jam charity event.
“I can’t control you. The only thing I can control is me,” Woods told the crowd. “Now, if I do this more efficiently than you, if you get intimidated, that’s your own f—ing issue.”
The video, which does contain explicit language, is the perfect motivator for all Tiger fans before the this week’s Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.
The 42-year-old Woods has always been fascinating to follow, and his comeback this year is no different. He recently finished fourth at the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.
He finished tied for 32nd at The Masters and missed the cut at the U.S. Open in the first two majors of 2018.
Woods currently sits at No. 71 in the PGA Tour’s World Ranking and three of his 14 major championships have come at the Open, including this impressive run in 2000.
The journey to a fourth title came at an early practice round with Justin Thomas.
Golf is undoubtedly better with Tiger Woods in it, and for him to get back to level of competing and slightly intimidating the younger generation would be incredible.