19 examples of Tiger Woods' insane competitiveness

Tiger Woods is coming back from an eight-week hiatus to play the Masters.

Tiger’s work ethic is among the most famous in all of sports. If anyone can fix a broken golf game in eight weeks, it’s him.

Whether he’s completely changing his swing or working out with the Navy SEALs, history has shown that Tiger is going to do everything humanly possible to get back to the top.

He played with a broken leg and torn ACL at the 2008 US Open and won.

Source: ESPN

He practices before and after competitive rounds: He was spotted playing in the dark at the 2011 PGA Championship.

Source: Nike Golf

He felt guilty about using an air tank while spearfishing, so he learned to free dive without one.

Source: OC Register

He has a crazy, 12-hour daily routine.

From his website:

6:30 a.m. - One hour of cardio. Choice between endurance runs, sprints or biking.

7:30 a.m. - One hour of lower weight training. 60-70 per cent of normal lifting weight, high reps and multiple sets.

8:30 a.m. - High protein/low-fat breakfast. Typically includes egg-white omelet with vegetables.

9:00 a.m. - Two hours on the golf course. Hit on the range and work on swing.

11:00 a.m. - Practice putting for 30 minutes to an hour.

Noon - Play nine holes.

1:30 p.m. - High protein/low-fat lunch. Typically includes grilled chicken or fish, salad and vegetables.

2:00 p.m. - Three-to-four hours on the golf course. Work on swing, short game and occasionally play another nine holes.

6:30 p.m. - 30 minutes of upper weight training. High reps.

7:00 p.m. - Dinner and rest.

He's obsessed with working out. He works out from two to 10 hours per day when he's not golfing.

Source: Tiger Woods

All he cares about is winning, as this exchange with ESPN shows:

Source: ESPN

He changed his swing in 2002 after winning eight majors because it wasn't perfect enough.

Source: Time

He loved the military, so he reportedly tried to join the Navy SEALs.

In his book, 'The Big Miss,' ex-coach Hank Haney claimed that Tiger was obsessed with the military.

Not only did he go on six excursions at Navy SEAL 'kill houses,' he seriously considering trying to join the SEALs before his agent talked him out of it.

When he was 14 he said he could be the Michael Jordan of golf.

Source: Golf.com

His former coach claims that he injured himself doing insane, Olympic-style weightlifting exercises to get stronger.

Source: ESPN

He sent a motivational text to fellow Nike man Rory McIlroy during his slump.

From McIlroy:

'He told me to get my finger out of my a** and win this week.'

Source: Jason Sobel

In 2000 he took a gamble and switched to a solid-core ball that no one else was using. Two years later, the entire tour was using it.

In the 12 months after he changed balls, he won nine tournaments and all four majors.

He keeps a strict diet. He usually eats an egg-white omelet for breakfast.

Source: Tiger Woods

He doesn't joke around on the course.

From Robert Lusetich at Fox Sports:

Once, at the Masters, when Mickelson watched his rival (Tiger) hit a three-wood past his driver, he asked Woods if he always hit fairway woods so far.

'No,' said Woods, pulling his tee from the ground before marching down the fairway, 'Sometimes further.'

Source: Fox Sports

He fired an iconic death stare at his ex-caddie after their messy breakup.

He doesn't take it easy on his girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn. She says he wins every time they play ping pong or tennis.

Source: USA Today

Despite his recent drought, he doesn't just want to beat Nicklaus, he still wants to win 20 majors.

Source: Telegraph

He worked 'sun-up to sundown' to come back for the Masters after an eight-week break.

Of his first tournament being The Masters, Woods said:

'Competing is still the same. I'm trying to beat everybody out there. That hasn't changed. I prepare to win and expect to go and do that... The only difference is that I won the Masters when Jordan (Spieth) was still in diapers.'

This quote about why he plays golf sums it up.

Source: Golf Channel

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