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5 Reasons Why PGA Championship Won’t be the Same Without Tiger Woods

5 Reasons Why PGA Championship Won't be the Same Without Tiger Woods

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So much is still unknown, but there is a solid chance that Tiger Woods won't tee off in Louisville for the PGA Championship on Thursday after tweaking his back last weekend. I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but the tournament just won't be the same without him in it, and here are five reasons why.

5. The Excitement Won't Be There

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5. The Excitement Won't Be There

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I'm going to watch regardless, but there are many casual fans who just tune into the tournament to watch Tiger play, but the PGA has gotten a dose of reality this year. With Tiger's injuries, ratings are low, and there just isn't that excitement about the biggest tournaments of the year. I fear that it will be the same this weekend if Tiger doesn't play.

4. Miss Out on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Pairing

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4. Miss Out on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Pairing

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The PGA Championship put the two most popular players, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, in their Thursday and Friday tee times. And if Tiger can't tee off on Thursday, golf fans around the world will be robbed of that. It's not often that this happens, but when it does, it's usually special.

3. No "Rivalry" With Rory McIlroy

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3. No "Rivalry" With Rory McIlroy

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I think the dream pairing for anyone on Sunday would be Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Rory is the best player in the game right now, and when he's playing well, no one can beat him. The only guy who could maybe challenge him is Tiger, and golf needs this excitement. Could you imagine the ratings if this were to happen? It would be a dream scenario for the PGA.

2. No Chance for History

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2 No Chance for History

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If was once a given that Tiger wood eclipse Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors, but if Tiger doesn't play this weekend, that's just one more major he will miss out on. His last major was in 2008, and with the way things are going, he is running out of opportunities.

1. Tiger Misses Out on Return to Valhalla

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1. Tiger Misses Out on Return to Valhalla

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For the first time since 2000, the PGA Championship returns to Valhalla, which coincidentally is the place of one of Tiger's most memorable wins. In 2000, he beat Bob May in a playoff, and he left us with the indelible image of him chasing his putt into the hole. It was his second PGA Championship, and the third leg of the "Tiger Slam." It would be a shame if he couldn't go back.