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5 Reasons Why the Masters Won’t Be the Same Without Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods Has not Won the Masters since 2005, but His Absence will still be Felt in Augusta

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There is a feeling of incompleteness any time Tiger Woods does not participate in a golf tournament. Add into that scenario that Woods is not only missing a regular tournament, but the Masters and it adds that much disappointment. He is the player that is known throughout the world and the general public wants to see. The Masters will go on without him, but here are five reasons why it will not be the same.

5. He Brings the Crowds to the Course

Tiger Woods Crowd
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5. He Brings the Crowds to the Course

Tiger Woods Crowd
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The Masters is a major tournament, and there will certainly still be big crowds to watch the best golfers in the world compete in Augusta. However, there is no denying that Woods brings in a ton of people to watch him compete throughout any tournament, more so than any other player. His absence will definitely be seen in the decreased number of fans in the crowd in Augusta.

4. Woods Makes the Casual Fan Want to Watch Golf on Television

Tiger Woods Interview
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4. Woods Makes the Casual Fan Want to Watch Golf on Television

Tiger Woods Interview
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Golf can be perceived as a boring sport to watch on television if the viewer is just a casual fan. However, the legacy and aura that surrounds Tiger Woods when he plays draws even non golf fans to the TV screen. People want to see greatness and they want to see memorable sporting moments occur. Without Woods playing, people will lose a lot of interest in watching the tournament.

3. People Think of Tiger Woods When they Think of Majors

Tiger Woods Shot
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3. People Think of Tiger Woods When they Think of Majors

Tiger Woods Shot
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Not having Tiger Woods at a Major is like having baseball without Derek Jeter or swimming without Michael Phelps. These athletes simply go hand in hand with these sports. Of course, all good things must come to an end and all athletes eventually have to step away from the sport they love, but it will be tough for golf fans to know that the Masters is going on and Woods is not present.

2. The Masters Is Supposed to Have the Best Competition, but is it Really Without Woods There?

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2. The Masters Is Supposed to Have the Best Competition, but is it Really Without Woods There?

No Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods does not win every competition that he enters because he is not the best golfer in the world every single weekend. However, players can take a lot of pride knowing that they topped a field that includes one of the greatest golfers of all time. Without Woods there, though, it almost seems as if any victory at the Masters will be incomplete because the player did not have to go through a healthy, capable Woods to earn it.

1. Without Woods Playing There is No Chance at History

Tiger Woods History
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1. Without Woods Playing There is No Chance at History

Tiger Woods History
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Every player on the PGA has an interesting background and has had to go through personal journeys to win a major tournament like The Masters. However, none of them are trying to create history on the scale that Woods tries to do whenever he enters a Major. He still sits four Major titles behind Jack Nicklaus and once again, any chance of him advancing closer to Nicklaus will have to wait a little longer.