Mentally tough Tiger briefly lets us in

Updated: June 15, 2006, 10:18 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- As impressive as Tiger Woods' physical gifts are, it is his mental hardness that makes him a champion. It's a Terminator deal -- behind the smile recognized around the world is an otherworldly material impervious to injury. That's why he does not give up a lead on Sunday. It's why he has won 10 major championships. It is what makes him Tiger Woods.

The truth is that -- this just in -- Woods is human. He is just unparalleled in his ability to conceal it.

Woods competes ...

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