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Tiger Woods is teeing it up in this week’s Genesis Invitational, his first competitive start since The Open last July. As per usual, Woods’ mindset heading into the week is focused on winning the event, not just making the cut or being in contention come Sunday.
Realistically, given his lack of starts, injuries, and his recent admission of not being able to walk, those living in reality don’t exactly see Woods standing anywhere close to the winner’s circle on Sunday.
Woods’ brain doesn’t operate that way, however. Thoughts of playing not to win have never entered his mind and that continues to be the case at 47 years old.
“I have not come around to the idea of being – if I’m playing, I play to win. I know that players have played and they are ambassadors of the game and try to grow the game. I can’t have my mind, I can’t wrap my mind around that as a competitor,” Woods explained.
“If I’m playing in the event I’m going to try and beat you. I’m there to get a W, OK? So I don’t understand that making the cut’s a great thing. If I entered the event, it’s always to get a W.”
Maybe the most incredible aspect of Woods telling the world he’s playing to win is that it’s hard not to believe him.
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We’re talking about a player well beyond his prime, who is essentially walking on one leg, and someone who hasn’t been in contention in a tournament since the Farmers Insurance Open in 2020.
Yet, we’re also talking about arguably the greatest golfer to ever pick up a golf club who has 82 wins under his belt who also won the Masters four years.
Doubting Woods is never a wise decision. He still has plenty of self-belief and his fans will cling to that until the day comes when he officially steps away from the game.
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