Tiger Woods is out of golf and he doesn’t know when he’s going to return. In the meantime he’s lost his No. 1 status. That now belongs to Adam Scott while Tiger’s back continues to heal post surgery.
“There really is no timetable. I think that’s been kind of the realization to all of this, is that there’s no date. It’s just take it on a daily basis. It’s not going to be up to me whether I play or not, it’s going to be up to my docs. I want to play now. It would be nice to be able to go out there today and play,” said Woods on his return via ESPN.
All of this means one thing — the sport will continue to suffer while Woods is on the sidelines. Like him or not, he is the sport to an extent. It’s hard to remember back to golf before Tiger, but it wasn’t pretty. It was largely considered boring and an old man’s sport prior to his arrival on the scene.
But thanks to Woods’ dominance and HD television, the sport of golf got a serious boost. That boost is now dwindling by the minute because of his back surgery and subsequent time on the shelf.
Adam Scott is really good at what he does, but he just won’t be able to carry that No. 1 title like Tiger did. He’s a golf star, but not a true superstar.
Even if Woods comes back at 85 percent, golf will still probably be 85 percent better off.