Miller: Woods is battling mental 'demons'

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Tiger Woods remains out of action for the forseeable future, and that means there is ample opportunity for players both current and former to share their views on what might be ailing the 14-time major champ.

Jack Nicklaus, for instance, believes that Woods faces a battle "between his ears." NBC and Golf Channel analyst Johnny Miller echoed Nicklaus' sentiments on a conference call Friday, even taking things one step further when discussing Woods' recent struggles around the greens.

"The thing is, he must have some demons in his head," Miller said. "I don't know how else to see someone lose hand-eye coordination. Nobody's talked about that, but it's like somebody short-circuited his hand-eye coordination. I don't know how that can happen. It's crazy."

Woods' short game has bordered on amateurish in each of his last three starts, with chips often sailing over the green or remaining at his feet. He hasn't played since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open last month because of a back injury, and with the news earlier this week that he will skip the Honda Classic his return to competition remains up in the air.

Miller is confounded by Woods' loss of touch around the greens, especially given the fundamental nature of the shots with which he has consistently struggled in recent weeks.

"When you pitch, all you do is just take it back and brush the grass. You don't have to - skull it or chunk it, you know," Miller said. "It doesn't take a genius to just make a little arc and brush the grass and put it up there near the hole."

Miller believes that Woods returned to competition too quickly following microdiscectomy surgery in March, and with his short game currently "off the charts," the 39-year-old faces an uphill battle in his quest to return to form.

"He's sort of a mess right now," Miller said. "I'm pulling for him, but it seems hard for people to start having faith that he's going to win regular events, let alone majors."