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Mediate: Woods will get back on top

Rocco Mediate previously caused a buzz when he claimed to be “disgusted” by Tiger Woods’ swing, strongly criticizing Woods’ coaches Sean Foley and Hank Haney.

On the eve of Thursday’s Open, in which both he and Woods will be competing, he stuck to his guns, saying the swing was king.

"If he [Woods] gets his golf swing back, that game's over," Mediate said.

"Because he knows that once he figures out where his ball is going, it's over. He's already proved it a million - how many times? - 71 times, and 14 majors.

"If he can find his ball again, if he gets that club up where it belongs, trust me. He's not done yet."

Mediate and Woods will always be connected by their playoff in the 2008 U.S. Open.

Woods made a birdie putt on the last hole in regulation to force extra holes at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Woods then beat Mediate in a 19-hole playoff, despite playing on a shattered left leg, to take his fourteenth major championship.

Since that triumph Woods has had a three barren spell.

"He owns the mental side of it," Mediate said. "But on the physical side, here's what I would say:

You can mentally think certain things in golf, but if you physically can't do it ... if the club is in the wrong place, the ball won't go where you're looking."

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