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5 Reasons Why Golf Needs Tiger Woods to Bounce Back Soon

5 Reasons Why Golf Needs Tiger Woods To Bounce Back Soon

5 Reasons Why Golf Needs Tiger Woods To Bounce Back Soon
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With the news that Tiger Woods has dropped out of the 2014 Masters with a pinched nerve, it makes some folks in the golf world nervous if this is it for the superstar.

Assuming his injury is not career-ending, the sport of golf needs Woods back and back soon. Here are five reasons why.

5. He Draws A Crowd

5. He Draws A Crowd
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5. He Draws A Crowd

5. He Draws A Crowd
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The gallery that follows Woods is consistently the largest at any tournament, especially at a major. People cannot get close enough to a superstar like Woods, and his mere presence at a Tournament sells tickets.

4. He Makes Everyone Around Him Play Better

4. He Makes Everyone Around Him Play Better
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4. He Makes Everyone Around Him Play Better

4. He Makes Everyone Around Him Play Better
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Match any player on the tour up with Woods, and you've instantly raised their level of play.

Even when Woods is off his game, whoever he's matched with is driven by the "I've gotta beat this guy" voice in their head. The mental boost of turning in a card better than one of the best to play the game is invaluable.

3. Even His Failures Are Huge News

3. Even His Failures Are Huge News
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3. Even His Failures Are Huge News

3. Even His Failures Are Huge News
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As much as people love watching Woods make the green in two on a par four, just as many, if not more, people will rewind the DVR multiple times to watch him three-putt for bogey.

That kind of audience engagement is priceless for the PGA.

2. He's More Interesting Than Anyone Else On The Tour

2. He's More Interesting Than Anyone Else On The Tour
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2. He's More Interesting Than Anyone Else On The Tour

2. He's More Interesting Than Anyone Else On The Tour
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If your three choices were to watch Woods drop bombs on Pebble Beach, watch Tiger fail to save par and release a barrage of profanities, or watch Rickie Fowler miss the green on a par three while dressed like an escaped inmate, what do you go with?

Obvious choice for most of us.

1. He's Literally The Only Golfer Most Americans Have Heard Of

1. He's Literally The Only Golfer Most Americans Have Heard Of
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1. He's Literally The Only Golfer Most Americans Have Heard Of

1. He's Literally The Only Golfer Most Americans Have Heard Of
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Call the first friend you can think of who neither watches nor plays golf, and ask him or her to name a single golfer. If they say Rory McILroy, they're either from Ireland or the fastest Googler on Earth.

Until someone else comes along as or more engaging than Woods, casual fans are going to watch him play -- and nobody else.