Who could ever beat Tiger Woods? Actually about 15 people in the last 15 Majors!

By winning the US Open Gold championship, Webb Simpson (who I hear you ask?) became the 15th different winner of the last 15 major golf championships.

In that winning list there are names such as Lucas Glover, Yang Yong-eun, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Yet again, I can hear you all again saying ‘who are they?’

Notably in that same list there was not one Tiger, Phil Mickelson, Els, VJ Singh or Pádraig Harrington, who were all multiple Major winners in the period up until 2008.

So what has changed?

Well, we know that Tiger has had some well-documented personal issues, but basically he is still the same golf player that has been setting records since the day he started on the Tour.

In actual fact, in 2010 (at the height of his low, so to speak) he was still the highest-paid professional athlete in the world, having earned an estimated US$90.5 million from winnings and endorsements.

Also, as I look at the World Rankings, Tiger is currently #4 in the world and most recently won the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament, to take him to second in all-time tournament wins (behind Sam Snead).

So, it’s not like he’s given up or become a bad player – so what is it?

Enter a well-documented NLP model: T + F + A = R


THOUGHTS (lead to) FEELINGS (which in turn, influence your) ACTIONS (which create) RESULTS

Up until the point where Tiger began to lose control of his personal life, he believed and so did everyone else on the Golf Tour, that he (Tiger) was invincible. I mean, if Tiger was close to the top of a leaderboard going into the 3rd round of a tournament, especially a major, everyone thought ‘oh well, that’s going to be Tiger’s.’

He’d even wear his customary RED T-shirt on the final round if he felt he was going to win – just think, you’re up against him on the final round and he shows up at the first tee with his red T-shirt; game over.

Yet, when his personal affairs came out, I think everyone realised one very important point – Tiger was a PERSON.

He was not a machine, some indestructible robot.

He showed he was fallible, he could make mistakes… that he actually had weaknesses.

So, when you put that into the TFAR model, you start reaching a different outcome – one, where you genuinely believe that YOU CAN WIN.

Equally, as I mentioned, I believe that this also impacted Tiger in the same way. I believe that up until this point he was also convinced that he was untouchable, yet a year of two later his beliefs were no longer as strong.

What can we learn from this?

That mindset plays an incredible role in whether we succeed or fail (at work, at home, in sport…).

Prior to 2008 those golfers clearly believed that they were second best to Tiger, as frequently as Tiger believed he was their superior. Post 2008, they began to believe that they were an equal, that they could hit the ball and win tournaments like him.

So, when you look at an outcome that didn’t go your way, analyse it and consider what thoughts and feelings you had going into the situation, you’ll be amazed at what you learn about yourself.

I use this model more and more now within all aspects of my life and the more I use it, the more I understand about myself.

About the Author

Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!