Unsurprisingly, Tiger Woods admitted that his divorce and the public scrutiny that followed the revelations of his numerous affairs has affected his play, as he prepared for the next leg of the FedEx Cup, the Barclays, on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters after his morning Pro-Am round, Woods said that going through his divorce and focusing on his golf game amidst the oft-times salacious details of his personal life floating around in the press had been more difficult than he had anticipated. From Golf.com, Woods had this to say:
It was, certainly. Because being asked questions all the time, even after — even as the tournaments are going I've been asked questions while we're playing. And that's always difficult. And especially when I'm trying to work on a few things, trying to find shots in order to get around the golf course, and to have to talk about other things.
Indeed, Woods has been caught in something of a vicious circle. After he wasn't the same dominant golfer quite a few expected would immediately return to the game back in April, he faced increasing questions about the affect of his personal life on his game...which only hurt his game even more, and reinforced the downward cycle. The nadir -- so far -- came at Firestone several weeks ago, where Woods had his worst professional finish at a course he has previously won at seven times, very nearly coming in last place.
Woods is currently in the longest winless slump of his career, and tied for the most majors he has gone without a title as well.