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"Tiger Woods has lost the fear factor" - Jason Day

Published 19/08/2015 | 21:35

'I'm hitting shots and able to hit shots that I haven't been able to hit in years' - but Tiger Woods' travails continued at the US PGA Championship Photo: Tom Pennington
'I'm hitting shots and able to hit shots that I haven't been able to hit in years' - but Tiger Woods' travails continued at the US PGA Championship Photo: Tom Pennington

Tiger Woods heads into this week's crunch Wyndham Championship with a warning from Jason Day that the majority of players no longer fear him.

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Woods' career hit a new low last weekend when he missed the cut at the US PGA Championship.

The American may be the second-best golfer of all time, but he has missed the cut at the last three majors.

Day, who went on to win the US PGA, considers Woods a friend, but admits the 39-year-old has a huge mountain to climb to regain the fear factor that helped him become the greatest golfer on the planet.

"I think the majority of the players were afraid of him and he had that aura about him," Day said.

"A lot of people fell away when he got in the hunt.

"It's hard to say this, but I don't think he gets that as much now because the other guys are so young and confident and hard-working and they believe in themselves so much."

Woods has entered the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, in a last-ditch attempt to make the post-season play-offs.

Woods, ranked 187th, needs to win the tournament to reach the top 125 and qualify.

Although he feels Woods has lost his mojo, Day feels one tournament win would help boost the confidence of the former world number one no end.

"He is at the bottom of the mountain at the moment, but you have to start somewhere," the Australian said.

"The bottom may be the most rocky part to get past, but if any player can do it, he can.

"The first title is the hardest, then he will gain confidence and belief.

"It will be tough but that is why he is competing."

Day is taking some time off following his first major win and will therefore not be competing at the Wyndham Championship.

Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Charl Schwartzel are among the players who are taking part in the tournament, which begins on Thursday.

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