Australian legend Greg Norman has warned Tiger Woods to stop fooling himself and admit he'll never dominate the game again.
The two-time Open champion Norman made his voice heard after Woods recorded his worst ever performance in a major championship, missing the halfway cut on 10-over at this week’s US PGA Championship.
Norman has insisted the problems of the American superstar, whose career collapsed along with his marriage in 2009, are in his head and not in his swing.
“If you want to hang on and hang on and try to pretend, put this veil of fabrication up there you can, but I say you’ve got to admit the truth,” said Norman, who once went through a similar fall from grace like Woods.
“You have to wake up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror and answer truthfully the questions you ask yourself. You’re the only one who can do that.
“I hate to see a great athlete like Tiger go through what he’s going through but it’s up to him. Happiness comes from within. It doesn’t come from anywhere else. He’ll work it out.”
Woods will have nearly three months to work on his game with coach Sean Foley back home in Florida as he attempts to forget the traumatic 36-hole nightmare he endured at Atlanta Athletic Club, which cost him from making the PGA Tour’s end of season FedExCup playoffs.
The former five-year World No.1, who will likely fall out of the world’s top 50 by the time he returns to action Down Under in November, found 22 bunkers and four ponds in two error-strewn rounds this week - finishing behind five club professionals in an unimaginable 116th out of 153.
It was just the seventh time in 260 starts that Woods has missed the halfway cut – and only the third time in a major.
But although Norman believes Woods will triumph again, he suggested he’ll never be regarded in the same fashion because the new generation of talent don’t fear him.
“He’ll come back and win, there’s no question – he’s just too good a player – but losing his intimidation factor is probably the biggest thing,” added Norman.
“He just walked out there was a hard guy to beat. Now he’s trying to beat them instead of them trying to beat him.
“The kids growing up haven’t seen Tiger’s dominance. The role reversal is the big difference.”