Matt Windley of the Herald Sun followed Tiger Woods around Kingston Heath today. You can see how it unfolded over the jump.
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Editors’ note: Noel Blundell is a sports psychologist who works with elite athletes, including some of the world’s best golfers.
He was totally absorbed for two hours. Tiger walked into the grass bunker near the club house at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney and randomly tossed five golf balls into the grass. They wandered into a range of lies varying from the impossible to very challenging. He chose to play every ball from where it lay. No short cuts. There were no adoring crowds and he had shot 79 in the first round. Was this kid overrated?
Fortunately for myself and two colleagues Ken Berndt and Ian Triggs, we had chosen to take a break from working with one of our players Peter Senior who played the first 2 rounds with Tiger. It was chill time for us, sitting near the bunker with a couple of coffees reflecting on the day.
The ensuing couple of hours provided clear insights into the mental template of arguably the greatest golfer to grace the planet.
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A TV rights technicality meant you couldn’t watch Tiger’s first round at the Australian Masters live. Russell Gould of the Herald Sun followed him around the course live-blogging the event. You can replay it over the jump.
Woods finished the clubhouse leader at six under par.
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This week a man who will likely become the greatest champion in the history of world sport has arrived on our shores for the first time since 1998 to play in golf’s Australian Masters.
Amongst the greatest of his contemporaries there are only four who have managed to win three major championships. Tiger has won fourteen.
Tiger is not just the best in the world, he is in a world of his own. Over the course of history sport has blessed us with a handful of such champions such as Ali and Jordan; but with the possible exception of Bradman none has soared so much higher above the rest than Tiger Woods.
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