US Open 2014: 5 Reasons Why It Won’t Be The Same Without Tiger Woods

U.S. Open 2014: 5 Reasons Why it Won't Be the Same Without Tiger Woods

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The 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst begins on Thursday -- and Tiger Woods won’t be participating. His absence affects everything from the field of competition to television ratings. Here are the five biggest reasons why we'll miss Tiger come Thursday.

5. Golf Just Isn't the Same

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5. Golf Just Isn't the Same

Tiger Woods Upset
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When Woods isn’t playing in a tournament, it feels as if the tournament loses credibility. The U.S. Open will be the second consecutive major that Tiger misses, and golf fans hope it’ll be his last.

4. No Bloodstained Sunday's Best

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4. No Bloodstained Sunday's Best

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Wearing red on Sundays has been Woods’ trademark since he became a professional golfer in ’96. According to Tiger, “I wear red on Sundays because my mom thinks that that’s my power color, and you know you should always listen to your mom.” Some of the most defining moments in his career happened when Woods was wearing red, but we won't see a vintage Tiger moment this Sunday.

3. Love Him, Hate Him, Respect Him

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3. Love Him, Hate Him, Respect Him

Tiger Woods Putting
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Though not quite on the same tier as LeBron James, Tiger Woods is still one of the most polarizing figures in sports. You either love him or you hate him -- but no matter which stance you take, you have to respect him. Some people hope the former No. 1 golfer in the world plays well, while others gain satisfaction seeing him struggle. One thing’s for sure, though: TV ratings plummet when Woods isn’t playing.

2. History Must Wait

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2. History Must Wait

Tiger Woods Bunker Shot
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For a while, it appeared that Woods was going to shatter the record of 18 career majors, but things have changed. Tiger's declining health has hindered him from winning another major since the 2008 U.S. Open. Stuck at 14 career majors, we're beginning to question if Woods will ever be able to surpass the great Jack Nicklaus. It looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer before we find out if Tiger has what it takes to reach win number 15.

1. In Order to Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best

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1. In Order to Be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best

Tiger Woods Handshake
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When Woods isn't competing, things just don't feel right. You can't say that winning a tournament against players like Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson isn't a great accomplishment, because it is. But saying you beat Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open -- now that's saying something. Tiger may no longer be the No. 1 golfer in the world, but winning a major feels so much more legit when Woods is playing in it.

 

Brandon Sandberg is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SandbergBrandon, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.


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