Faldo says Tiger's problems more mental than physical

Sat Jun 6, 2015 3:18pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods’ deterioration on the golf course is a result of mental gremlins more than anything physical, six times major winner Nick Faldo said on Saturday after Woods shot a career-worst round of 85.

“For me, this has been going on a while,” Faldo, now an analyst, said on Golf Channel after Woods finished 13-over for the third round at the Memorial tournament in Ohio.

“Three Masters ago, I was on the (practice) range watching Tiger hit beautiful fades and draws. He was hitting the ball fabulously. (Then) he walks to the first tee, two snap hooks.

“From that day on, I thought to myself, he’s not comfortable, he’s starting to fear shots. When you are fearing a shot before you hit it, we’re all in serious trouble.”

Woods’ score at Muirfield Village was not exactly out of the blue. Four months ago he shot an 11-over 82 at the Phoenix Open, his short game in disarray and his long game not much better.

However, he found some form in time for the Masters, finishing a respectable equal 17th.

But he clearly he has not solved his problems.

Faldo said Woods was still searching for a swing fix during a practice round this week accompanied by coach Chris Como.

“One of the players playing a practice round with Tiger heard him (Woods) say four times (to Como) ‘OK, what am I trying now’.   Continued...

Nick Faldo of England watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during first round play at the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne