Nerves have been getting a bad rap lately. It seems as though every time an athlete fails in the clutch, it's because of nerves. But I think we are overlooking something else altogether; something we wouldn't normally consider a factor when talking about a major champion and a golfer who is generally considered one of the best in the world - self-doubt. Maybe it's similar to nerves or maybe it's the result of nerves, but I think what we have witnessed lately on the PGA TOUR is a lack of confidence down the stretch, and just like a nasty virus, it spreads quickly. It started early in the year when Kyle Stanley blew a late lead, and the trend has continued with astonishing regularity throughout season. Amazingly, Jim Furyk has become the face of this new trend after faltering late at both the U.S. Open and the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational last week. It may be a bit hard to believe that a player as accomplished as Furyk could have any doubt about his ability ...
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