'Tiger's lost and going in wrong direction'
Published 20/08/2015 | 02:30
Former US Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger says that Tiger Woods "continues to go in the wrong direction" in his bid to rediscover his form with his focus on the physical rather than the mental, while new US PGA champion Jason Day believes he has lost the fear factor.
A 14-times Major champion, Woods plumbed new depths at last week's PGA Championship where he missed the cut in a third successive Major for the first time in his career and dropped to 286th in the world rankings.
Woods is in action today at the Wyndham Championship, where he must win to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
"Where he's making his mistake is in thinking his issues are more physical than mental," said Azinger, a 12-times winner on the PGA Tour who clinched his only Major title in the 1993 PGA Championship at Inverness.
"His distance control isn't good, he's hitting it all over the place, he's not swinging all that well so there are some physical issues there.
"Sometimes you tinker too much and you get to a point where you don't know what's natural any more. He'd be better off with a good conversation right now rather than a lesson."
While Azinger said he would never write Woods off, he found it very hard to watch "the greatest player of this generation" struggling so much out on the course.
"I think it embarrasses him to play like this but he knows deep down inside that he can get it done," said Azinger.
"He's just got to figure out what's wrong. I think he's lost and he continues to go in the wrong direction."
Day also gave his verdict on Woods' spectacular fall: "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."
Meanwhile, Darren Clarke is looking forward to running the rule over some Ryder Cup hopefuls as he tees it up at the Made in Denmark title at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort.
"It's going to be the last counting event for Ryder Cup points next year which is obviously a worthy stature," Clarke said.
"I've no doubt this event is up to that standing and I'm looking forward to helping it grow in stature. I'm hoping that the guys on the cusp of making the team next year will come here and play."
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Made in Denmark Live, Sky Sports 4, 10.30 and 2.30