One of Tiger Woods’ most vocal critics has even more ammunition after the world No. 1’s disappointing performance at the U.S. Open.
CBS Sports and Golf Channel analyst Nick Faldo says Woods, who tied for 32nd at Merion, must now realize that he is a “mere mortal” and that he’s still “not in a good mental place,” despite winning four events this season.
“I think Tiger’s woken up and realized this is a hard sport and he is a mere mortal, after all,” Faldo, a six-time major champion, told the Daily Mail. “For so many years he was so good, he was such an amazing athlete. When he went pro he went off like a rocket.
“But he’s not in a good mental place. It was so easy for him before, he made it look so easy, when it is such a hard sport. But whatever he’s been through, with all his personal problems, has made an impact on his mind – and so much of this sport is all in the mind. Nerve is the bottom line. I know he wants to come back and prove that he can do it.”
Woods, who is skipping this week’s AT&T National to rest a tender elbow, will have a chance to see Faldo next month at Muirfield. The Englishman, who will be 56 at the Open, is playing his first major since 2010.
“It’s quite hilarious now as I’m in training and trying to pretend I’m a serious golfer,” Faldo said, according to the report. “I’ve got some new clubs being made for me, so I’m gearing up. I’ve got nothing to lose.”