Brandel Chamblee Says Tiger Woods Used To “Psychologically Destroy” His Opponents

When Tiger Woods was in his prime, no one could stop him. He was THE force to be reckoned with and his determination, power, and talent forged him into the most memorable golfer of our time.

Four years out from his last win on the Tour circuit due to injury after injury has plagued the once legend into a lesser form of himself. But it’s not like Woods to give in to failure, and even though he may not be playing in tournaments at the moment, he is continuing to serve those he brought into the game.

Steve Stricker has appointed the vet as one of his assistant captains for the U.S. Team in this year’s Presidents Cup at Liberty National in New Jersey. After his successful mentorship during last year’s Ryder Cup, it was a no-brainer to have him help out with the team this year.

Brandel Chamblee, usually a critic of the 14-time major champion, only has praises for Tiger. He said during a conference call that, “He used to psychologically destroy people, and now he is there to psychologically boost people.” 

“And it’s possible that he’s going to be just as good at boosting the moral of people as he was at destroying it. … With Tiger Woods, he can talk obviously about the game, but he can talk about the mental side of the game, which he appeared to know things that nobody else has ever known. So I think it’s wonderful, the role that he has moved into in the game of golf.”

The top 6 players on the Presidents Cup team this year grew up on the era that Woods dominated in. They watched him play, went to tournaments he conquered, and vowed in their youth to be just like him when they grew up. Players like Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are on their way to doing just that, although not in the same fashion, of course. To have this mentor, this legend and hero of their generation guiding them in a team style formatted tournament, is something special.

Jim “Bones” Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s longtime caddie and now an on-course reporter for NBC who was also on the conference call, said Woods being around the team “makes it more special, it makes it cooler, it makes it great, it makes it everything.”

“He fires you up,” Mackay said. “If he’s whispering something in your ear that week in New York City, it’s going to be a moment that these guys never forget, especially with how little those guys have seen him in the last couple of years.”

A year plagued with more downs than ups for Tiger Woods, it’s nice to see that his efforts are still going towards the game he loves. Even off the course, he’s inspiring fans and players alike.