AUGUSTA, Ga. – Adam Scott called it "a big loss." Justin Rose said it was "a shame." Phil Mickelson described it as "awkward." Jason Day went with, "a little sad."
For the first time since he became the undisputed megastar of golf nearly two decades ago, Tiger Woods isn't here at the Masters, and everyone not only knows it, they are lamenting it.
The path to a green jacket may be one player easier with Woods recovering from back surgery, but there isn't a golfer on the PGA Tour who doesn't understand what he's meant for the sport (and their paychecks).
Perhaps most importantly, they know that going forward, golf needs to have at least one crossover personality, and right now most of the sport's biggest stars are over 40 or injured.
"I think any sport benefits from a dominant figure like that … to maybe be the legend," McIlroy said here Tuesday. "Like LeBron James, for example, in basketball or Cristiano Ronaldo in football or [Lionel] Messi. It's been Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal inRead More »from Searching for Tiger Woods 2.0