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Nick Faldo: Tiger has lost his mind at the Masters

The three-time Augusta winner is no stranger to the art of exaggeration.

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NICK FALDO SAYS that Tiger Woods has ‘lost his game and his mind’ at Augusta, as he seeks to recover from a damaging 75 on Friday.

The former world number one was confident going into the tournament, having won two weeks ago at Bay Hill, but is currently eight shots behind joint leaders Fred Couples and Jason Dufner on three-over-par.

“I think we can officially say that Tiger has lost his game and his mind right now,” said Faldo, who won the Masters three times in his career.

“He has become like the rest of us. He’s wasn’t like that – he was paranormal.

“He’s running on sheer frustration right now. There was the Tiger of old, but over the last couple of years things have changed technically, physically and mentally – the whole karma of his life.”

When asked if Tiger could reverse the situation, Faldo replied: “He’s got to sort it out. He’s got to find some confidence.”

Speaking after his round, Woods analysed the shortcomings in his game at the moment and insisted he just had to be patient to get things back on track.

“I’ve been working hard on my short game and what Sean (coach Sean Foley) and I have been talking about is that it might have crept into my takeaway of my full swing.

“Unfortunately it’s just not quite consistent. It’s not what it was at Bay Hill and prior tournaments.

“I have it in stretches. I get into streaks where it’s really good and then I lose it for a little bit. That’s obviously very frustrating.

“But the tournament is not over. I can do this – I’ve just got to be patient. I know what to do, it’s just a matter of doing it.

“Even at Bay Hill it was happening, but I was able to rectify it.”

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