Until recently, Tiger Woods was one of the most feared players on the PGA Tour. Whether it was caused by the events that transpired in his personal life, his lack of confidence in his swing or repercussions from physical ailments, there is no doubt that Woods is no longer the dominating force he once was. In fact, some important figures in the golf world actually believe that Woods is intimidated by the newest phenom on the scene, Rory McIlroy.
In a recent interview, golf legend Greg Norman reiterated those exact sentiments. Said Norman: “What I’m seeing is that Tiger’s really intimidated by Rory. When have you seen him intimidated by another player? Never.” He went on to say that, “You’ve got to beat the guy you’re taking over from to feel that you’re the top guy, and Rory’s starting to do that now.”
While it’s clear that McIlroy is in the process of surpassing Tiger (if he hasn’t done so, already), I don’t necessarily agree with Norman’s assessment that Woods is intimidated by Rory. If he has one glaring issue, I think it’s that Tiger needs to get out of his own head. Simply stated, he thinks too much about his swing. He obviously has the natural ability, and if his brain would stop getting in the way, I think he would be much more successful. My stance has been, and will continue to be, however, that Woods will never be the dominating force he once was.
McIlroy and Woods come into the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs ranked 1st and 2nd, respectively. The tournament, which kicks off tomorrow, will determine which member of the 30 person field takes home the $10 million championship bonus.
Who’s your pick to win it all?