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Woods not in good mental place says Faldo

Despite all the talk of Tiger Woods being back, with his Tour-leading four PGA titles this year as evidence, six-time major winner Nick Faldo is adamant that the World No1's dismal major championship form is the true indicator of his form.

So far Woods has performed disappointingly at both Augusta National and Merion. He courted major controversy at the Masters with "dropgate" and never truly threatened the leaders at the U.S. Open.

"I think Tiger's woken up and realized this is a hard sport and he is a mere mortal after all," said Faldo, who will come out of retirement at the British Open in July.

"For so many years he was so good, he was such an amazing athlete. When he went pro he went off like a rocket."

The former English star and now Golf Channel analyst stressed the toll Tiger's much publicized private life scandal had taken on the star, and said the obstacles are as much in the 14-time major winner's head as they are in the bunkers and roughs of the course.

"He's not in a good mental place. It was so easy for him before, he made it look so easy, when it is such a hard sport. But whatever he's been through, with all his personal problems, has made an impact on his mind - and so much of this sport is all in the mind. Nerve is the bottom line.

"I know he wants to come back and prove that he can do it."

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