"The old Tiger used to walk onto the range with a presence that would intimidate people," Padraig Harrington said in a February interview with the Irish Independent. "This was not the old Tiger. He was talking and smiling and joking and high-fiving. I had a chat with him on the range. I spent longer talking to him on the range in San Diego [than] I ever have. I think we're both at a stage where we realize, 'You know what? You've got to make an effort to enjoy what you're doing out here.'"
I find this series of quotes interesting.
First, the feeling of intimidation comes from within. If, in the case of sport a competitor is thoroughly prepared and ready to compete, it is impossible for that competitor to become intimidated.
Second, through my research,I discovered that all great champions enjoyed what they were doing. For Harrington to suggest that “we’re both at a stage where we realize, ‘You know what? You’ve got to make an effort to enjoy what you’re doing out here.’” states the obvious. No athlete could ever last long enough to become a great champion without enjoying the entire process. The world would have never heard of Tiger Woods had he only now started to enjoy himself.