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Woods aims to be the greatest ever

Tiger shows winning mentality after losing World Number One spot

Posted Nov 02, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ reaction to losing the World Number One spot to Lee Westwood has been one of positivity and desire to get back to winning on the golf course.
The much-maligned golfing superstar has come out and said his focus is now on overhauling Jack Nicklaus’s major record of 18 titles. But is he now capable of such amazing feats?
Woods is, in my mind, still the best and most talented golfer in the world at the moment. There is an old saying in this world – form is temporary but class is permanent – and this couldn’t be more apt for the American who has been the world number one for 623 weeks of his career.
Woods has to date won 14 major titles and we often forget that he has achieved this by the age of 34! Nicklaus took over 20 years to win 18 majors. This shows the ability and the winning mentality Woods is equipped with.
It has been terrible to see how he has fallen by the wayside in recent months, and the fact he hasn’t won a single competition in the past 12 months shows just how his mental approach has been affected by the stories of infidelity and divorce from Erin Nordegren. And that’s all it is. It’s in his head.
Golf is a game where only you can beat yourself. It doesn’t matter what everyone else does, if you play at your best and you have the right mental approach you will be successful. And that’s where Woods has shone in the past. He has known he is the best and his mental approach has been spot on.
It may take him some time to get his head right but there is no way he has become a bad golfer over night. He has all the tools to go on and surpass the Golden Bear’s record and surpass it comfortably and it is only a matter of time until he does this.
And Woods recognizes this himself, telling BBC Sport: “It took Jack over 20 years….I’m only 34. I have a lot of great years ahead of me. It’s a matter of just being confident and getting better.”
Expect next year to be a completely different year for the Tiger and expect him to be challenging for one or maybe all four of the majors.

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