Friday, 12 April 2013


In 1996 "The Shark" lost his nerve and his six-stroke lead en route to a soul-crushing 78, while playing partner Nick Faldo shot a final-round 67 to win the green jacket.  Greg Norman's collapse reminded the world  how much mental strength is required to win a major.

It didn't seem possible the following year that a 21 year old could withstand the mental challenge, but in 1997  Tiger Woods rewrote history. In his final round on the Sunday, despite two bogeys which officially ended his streak of 38 consecutive bogey - free holes, Tiger holed birdies at 11, 13, and 14 to reach 18 under for the championship.   He shot 22 under in his final 63 holes, and didn't have a single three putt all week. 

 He simply blew the rest of the field away.  His average drive was 23 yds longer than anyone else in the field, and he averaged 323.1 yds per drive throughout the tournament. Hi skill was undeniable, but it was his  mental strength that clinched Tiger his first Masters.   "I told him: I promise you one thing, you'll never meet another person as tough as you.  He hasn't, and he won't."  Earl Woods.

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