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June 24, 2013

Faldo says Tiger is 'not in a good mental place'

Posted at 3:05 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods

First, Tiger was back. Then he wasn't. Then he was back again, maybe.

Since he finished 32nd at Merion in the U.S. Open, the world No. 1 is back to being not back.

Nick Faldo seems to agree. The former world No. 1 ranked player, who is coming out of retirement for the upcoming British Open in July, spoke to The Daily Mail about Tiger's struggles in major championships.

"I think Tiger's woken up and realized this is a hard sport and he is a mere mortal after all. 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."

After DropGate at this year's Masters, Faldo called for Tiger to do the "manly thing" and withdraw from the tournament while on the Golf Channel. Soon after, he appeared on CBS and changed course,  backtracking on his initial opinion.

Photo: Nick Faldo looks on as Tiger Woods tees off during the first round of the 2006 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Getty Images)

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