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There’s a lot about Tiger Woods that sets him apart from the rest of the modern golf world.
With 82 career wins on the PGA Tour, including 15 majors, he’s the most decorated player in the history of the sport, and will go down as the greatest of all time.
As fellow PGA pro and occassional practice partner Jordan Spieth revealed, Woods’ championship demeanor is not just a result of his skill on the course, but of his mindset, which is unlike any other player on Tour.
Speaking with the No Laying Up podcast, Spieth said that Woods is the only player he’s ever played with that he’s never seen get negative with himself on the course when things go wrong.
“I’ve played with Tiger a lot. I played with him quite a few times when he was really, really struggling in the 2015-16 frame,” Spieth said. “He was trying to come back, really struggling chipping, just wasn’t playing very well. And out of every single round I played with him, I never heard him say one negative thing. He was mad. He would drop an F-bomb. But it was never a negative comment about himself.
“He’s the only person I’ve played with that I can say that about, including myself. I just thought that that was so intriguing that I’ve never heard him say one negative thing about himself. And he clearly, he’s human — as much as we kind of don’t believe that — but in his head, he’s probably thinking ‘Man, I can’t chip right now,’ or whatever, but he’ll never say it out loud. And he’ll never let it take over him at all at any period of time.”
Spieth said that mindset is one that he draws back on consistently when he and caddie Michael Greller are stuck in a tough spot.
Woods’ otherworldly skill and insane clutch have defined his playing career on the PGA Tour, but it’s possible that his mindset has been just as important to his success.