Tiger Woods will miss his second U.S. Open in six years according to Yahoo Sports. Woods has been battling injuries and the chance of winning a few more major titles are all but out the window with the only hope of at least winning another one in the closest distance than winning the multiple. The U.S. Open will be at the legendary Pinehurst No.2 course where the World Golf Hall of Fame once stood. This was not as much of a shock as the Masters withdrawal since he’s always been a lock to play in the Masters. He’s missed U.S. Opens before plus he was still unsure when he would get back out there to play so this really isn’t a surprise.
”Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods said. ”I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it’s going to be a great week.” Woods said according to Yahoo Sports.
Woods has won the U.S. Open three times and missed the British Open and PGA Championship in 2008 while missing the U.S. Open and British Open in 2011. Ironically, his last major victory came at the U.S. Open in 2008 which was one for the ages as Rocco Mediate gave Tiger the biggest test of his life.
It’s unfortunate to see any player get injured like that but there’s a lot of people pressing the Mayday button on golf because the sport’s biggest star isn’t around. We have to realize that the game isn’t about just one player. Yes, I’m sure everyone has a favorite player but if you appreciate great golf from the talent we have today, you wouldn’t think about it and just wish Tiger a speedy recovery and continue to follow the sport anyway and not abandon ship. To me, if you only follow golf because of one guy then you’re not a golf fan. Some say the game will die without Tiger. Yeah, sure it will. That’s why the sport’s been going on for hundreds and hundreds of years with tournament play starting in the late 1800’s.
Golf is going to be fine with or without Tiger. We’ve seen a timeline of terrific golfers from Bobby Jones to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger and Phil Mickelson now so what makes us think that we won’t see another great player emerge? Right now, the biggest stars in golf right now might have to be Rory Mcilroy and Bubba Watson with guys like Jimmy Walker and the young talents of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed on the rise not to mention Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson have been playing some of their best golf in their careers. I also feel that the LPGA Tour is getting better and better and college golf is making a push thanks to Golf Channel’s Men’s Championship coverage (Alabama defeated Oklahoma State for back-to-back titles) so golf is going to fine, I just think people got so spoiled from Tiger and Phil that we overlook some of the other great talent that is out there. The ratings? The only people who weren’t watching were casual fans because there is absolutely no way a real golf fan would miss the Masters or the U.S. Opener the Ryder Cup because of no Tiger or Phil.
I’ll be honest, when Anthony Kim was a rising star, I was a HUGE fan. Now he’s been nowhere to be seen for a while with his last big performance being at the British Open in 2011 where he finished tied for 5th. I still love following golf despite his absence because I appreciate ever player that tees it up in the greatest sport in the world and I hope people realize that. Golf is going to be fine and the fact that we still have Tiger and Phil for a while is a plus but we need to understand the sport is in good hands for the future. The only thing I hope is that the game gets more diverse because it would be so cool to see a lot of different cultures come together to celebrate this fantastic game. Yes, there are a diverse amount of fans and journalists but not much with the players so that would be amazing to see because that means the sport will get stronger and stronger and THAT’S what we want to see. Keep your heads up golf fans, this sport is going to be A-OK and even better than that.
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