Don­ald knows ‘men­tal an­guish’ of Woods

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BRI­TISH MASTERS host Luke Don­ald sym­pa­thised with the “men­tal an­guish” long-time ri­val Tiger Woods is en­dur­ing af­ter the Amer­i­can was forced to can­cel his long-awaited come­back this week.

Woods, a 14-time ma­jor win­ner, an­nounced he was not ready to re­turn from his 14month in­jury lay­off with a long­stand­ing back prob­lem as planned at the new PGA Tour sea­son opener in Cal­i­for­nia.

For­mer world No. 1 Don­ald him­self strug­gled with a ca­reerthreat­en­ing wrist in­jury in the past. “There’s a lot of men­tal an­guish when in­jury forces you to take time off from the game,” said Don­ald.

“I was out for six months and could only start hit­ting balls grad­u­ally first on my short game and putting fol­low­ing the surgery.”

Don­ald picked up a left wrist in­jury at the US Open forc­ing him out for a num­ber of months.

“Tiger’s the great­est player that’s ever played, and he’s got very, very high stan­dards and ex­pec­ta­tions,” said 38-year-old Don­ald.

“I think that you have to weigh that up with that feel of al­most fail­ure or fear of anx­i­ety of not per­form­ing well.

“You know some­times those don’t match up.

“If Tiger Woods is healthy like he says he is, that’s prob­a­bly what he’s weigh­ing out right now, just feel­ing com­fort­able.

“Again, it’s re­ally hard to get com­fort­able un­less you ac­tu­ally put your­self through it.

“At some point he’s got to jump in, and if he messes up, he’s got a good op­por­tu­nity to get bet­ter the next time he plays.” – AFP

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