Luke Donald: Tiger Woods is fighting inner demons

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Tiger Woods was all set to return to the golf course after a 14-month injury layoff, but has instead gone back on his decision.

The announcement of his return to the PGA Tour's Safeway Open was made on Friday, which prompted his caddie Joe LaCava to make the long trip from Florida to California the next day; only to have Woods turn back on his decision.

Woods himself claims that his game is still vulnerable after 14 months out through injury, which saw him undergo back surgery.


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He has suffered a series of injuries since winning his last major, which came back in 2008 at the US Open, and the added pressure of his divorce in 2009 has seen his form decline.

His agent Mark Steinberg gave his opinion on the issue, stating: “There are no physical complications at all.

“I don’t know if it’s mental or just his golf game.”

Various golfers have given their take on the issue, including Englishman Luke Donald, who has claimed Woods is suffering from a fear of failure, which has potentially hindered his comeback.

The former world number one has also had experience of a long injury layoff, after a wrist injury in 2008 kept him out for six months, and he feels that the 14-time major winner is fighting inner demons, following his own injury struggle. 

“It sounds like, clinically, he is fine – he is just not quite ready to tee it up from a mental standpoint,” said the Englishman. “There’s a lot of mental anguish when you take time off.

"I think Tiger, the greatest player ever, has very high standards and that is creating a fear of failure.

“At some point, he’s got to jump in — if he messes up, he’s got a good opportunity to get better the next time he plays.”

US golf legend and tournament host at the Safeway Open Johnny Miller has also given his input by saying: “There is so much pressure when you can’t deliver like you used to. But he has got to break the ice some time.”

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