Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Can any golfer with a lead feel safe? His staggering winning streak had pundits saying "best ever." What makes Tiger Woods so dominant? Here's what people are saying in the papers, over the airwaves, on the party circuit and around the water cooler:

It's His Bod: Woods brings a compulsive fitness focus to the sport, buffing up in the weight room. He's packed on pounds of muscle that let him power out of tight spots. Others on the tour are following suit.

It's His Swing: Tiger now controls drives more, instead of just shooting for distance. And he's drastically improved his short game. As good as he was, he's gotten that much better.

It's His Mind: No one can match his mental focus. 'What he's got is confidence that borders on being cocky,' says Michael Jordan. And a competitive drive to rival, yes, M.J. himself.

It's His Intimidation Factor: 'You tend to think, coming down the stretch, of what he's going to do and you lose track of what you're doing,' says golfer Davis Love III. 'He has reached the rare plateau where all others fear him.' (Phila. Inquirer)

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