Tiger is so insecure in interviews. Quite shocking really.
Post round interviews today are littered with:
"I've been there before..." when asked about shooting low
"I hit a lot of good iron shots today" after being asked about an iron shot
Add a big "I told you so" grin on his face the whole time and it's pretty clear the dude has issues.
Gretzky, Magic, Jordan and Jack were all less transparent at 20 than Tiger is at 37.
He has put himself in a bit of a spot here too. If he doesn't ship this (and its not going to be easy) it's gonna really hurt.
So you are asking why the most dominant sports figure and arguably the mentally strongest athlete of all time doesn't conduct himself like every other athlete in an interview?
Maybe that is how his mind works?(altho I'm with LOK and don't really understand the weirdness of his answers, especially because he always answers questions like that and has probably said these answers verbatim more than 5 times before)
Maybe it's the mentality that has been ingrained in to him and has created what we've had the pleasure to watch over the last 20 years.
Saying he's the GOAT over and over again doesn't change anything. He's insecure. Face it or eat sand like your compatriots.
This is really adding to the discussion a ton, and improving the forum. Let's spend hours discussing an armchair psychologist assessment of someone's emotions by using a vague term, then failing to provide anything to back the assertion up.
He could be insecure about the Major situation. He's put himself in spots to win and the mentally strong Tiger would have had 2 or 3 of those tournaments wrapped up by the start of the back 9 on the Sunday. Even the biggest Tiger fans must see there is an issue when it comes to closing these out? He knows the game is there because he is producing the goods when it comes to these types of tournaments. It must be frustrating not being able to reproduce that for 4 rounds in the 4 biggest tournaments of the year.
Tiger has been winning regular golf tournaments for a while now (post meltdown). Until he wins that elusive major (post meltdown) then questions will be asked and rightfully so. He set the bar to begin with.
I mean Luke Donald was winning regular golf tournaments and not performing in Majors and was receiving a bit of guff from golf fans even though he was the #1 ranked player in the world. Although Tiger has had better showings in the Majors why should he get a pass? It's a legitimate question. If you could drop the whole "hater" thing and actually respond to the question then we might have a decent discussion about it.