Inside Tiger's Mind

His secret? Nobody plays a better mental game

One of the most heated barroom arguments among sports fans is over the greatest performance by an athlete in a single game or match. Some argue for Michael Jordan's final game in 1998, where in the closing seconds he stole the ball and sunk the basket that gave his team the NBA title. Others would pick the "perfect game" that Don Larsen pitched for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series. Or Secretariat's amazing 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. What each of these performances has in common is domination--a superb athlete taking on the best of his peers and...

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