MARK O'MEARA: When they look up in the newspaper and they don't see Tiger Woods winning a tournament, they realize Tiger is not in his form.
But I think the media is really treating Tiger unfairly in the aspect that he is in a different realm than every other player, and he should be, because he is an exception.
But on the other hand, like I said in Dallas, I said, listen, not enough has been written about the fact that even though his driving accuracy no good, he is not hitting the ball very well, he's yet to miss a cut. He still finishes in the top 5. He's still almost Wachovia, lost by a shot; he almost won Dallas. I would write an article, isn't it amazing that a guy can be so far off, but yet still have the heart and determination to grind through and almost win these tournaments. Because I don't believe that if Vijay or Phil or Ernie or any of the other players had the same thing going on; they miss the cut. They are down the road. This kid comes, he brings it all. Plus nobody in the history of the game has ever played under this scrutiny. The pressure that that guy, that Tiger Woods plays under, not Nicklaus, not Palmer, none of them.
So from that aspect, I would say to myself, okay, yeah, maybe, he's not playing the way he should play but it is pretty impressive that he can still keep delivering like he is.
MARK O'MEARA: Not motivation, but a little more comfort for sure. The golf course is playing faster than it did last year, but it's really in a lot better condition. It's a lot more mature, the fairways are better, the greens are better. Some of the greens that have been redesigned are much better. They are a little bit more receptive and I am hitting longer irons into them than most of the guys.
Short game has to be good. When you miss a green try not to short-side yourself and you have to hole some par putts. The rough is deep, and if you do drive it in the rough, it's going to be hard to stop the ball on the green.
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