‘Tiger just not enjoying the game’

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Former world number one Woods plunged new depths when he posted the worst 72-hole total of his PGA Tour career at last week’s Memorial Tournament, which included a mind-boggling 13-over-par 85 in the third round.

Mahan, who got to know Woods well as a teammate for the United States at the 2010 Ryder Cup and also at the past four Presidents Cups, says the biggest thing he has noticed in the 14-time major champion is a diminished enjoyment for the game.

“I haven’t watched a ton of what Tiger is doing but I have definitely watched a little bit of it because it is so confusing that a player of his calibre is struggling this much,” Mahan told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“From a fan’s perspective, I just don’t see him enjoying the game as much as he used to. I don’t know why. Technically, it’s definitely not there for him after six, seven or eight months of (Chris) Como.”

Woods has had four swing coaches during his professional career and began working with Como late last year after parting ways with Mahan’s instructor, Sean Foley, in August.

Previously, Woods had worked with Butch Harmon and Hank Haney before joining forces with Canadian Foley in August 2010.

“You would kind of think that technically he would have a better understanding of his game or he could see what he is trying to do but it’s hard to tell that,” Mahan said of Woods’ results with Como.

“I just don’t see the enjoyment in him right now. It’s sad to see because golf is the ultimate enjoyment for that guy. He loves to get out there on the golf course, he loves to compete, he loves to grind at it.

“It seems to be more of a chore to him now than it used to be and I don’t want to see that because golf is better with Tiger Woods at his best. I love seeing him compete at the highest level.”

Woods, who finished last among those who made the cut at the Memorial Tournament with a 14-over total of 302, has been struggling with his game for most of this season.

He has recorded just one top-25 in five starts on the PGA Tour, a tie for 17th at the Masters in April, while his world ranking has shockingly plummeted to 181st.

Asked if Woods had worked too many coaches, Mahan replied: “To me, this doesn’t seem technical.

“There are probably certain aspects of it that he is definitely not where he needs to be, but to see what he is doing when he plays courses where he has had an enormous amount of success at, it seems beyond technique.

“There is something else going on. I think there are a lot of underlying things we don’t see. I don’t see him coming out to the golf course and being excited any more. Golf should be enjoyed, he should have great pleasure in it.”


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