From the time he was 2 yrs old, Tiger's dad instilled in him the desire to win. In fact, Tiger has stated "the only important thing is the "W". I have the think that adds even more mental stress to a game that, at the pro level, is 90%mental..
I'm always thinking about how golf mirrors life. We know it is the journey in life that matters most, yet we get hung up on the little things we 'have to do' or 'have to have', like material things. Sure it's nice to have a big house and a fancy car, but does it really add to joy and peace and contentment?
I love to win money from my amateurish game of golf. The $2.50 I get for closest to the hole is special. But there is so much more. Tiger makes around a million when he wins, yet he doesn't play for money. After you earn $50million+ you don't need to.
My guess is that at this time in his career, he needs to dig a bit deeper and figure out what he does get out of playing. Maybe feeling positive about each round, instead of just mouthing the words, will relieve some pressure and bring him back to the game he can consistently play.
I'm not a fan of Tig