Woods is not golf's only talking point
Where to start? There is so much to discuss at this febrile time for the game, especially with the world number one continuing to be the water-cooler man of the moment.
But let's leave Tiger Woods for now and consider some of the other significant developments that have occurred in the 10 days in which golf, or at least its best player, has been such a dominant topic of conversation.
From a European point of view, perhaps the most significant news has been the announcement of the 2010 tournament schedule, coming as it did in the wake of revelations on the size of Dubai's gigantic debts.
The stricken Emirate is at the heart of the European Tour's strategy and it was clear to anyone who attended last month's Dubai World Championship that they had done extremely well to keep alive the season ending tournament.
Given the dire economic news that followed we were left to wonder whether Tour chief executive George O'Grady's words had been misplaced when he said he was "extremely confident" the 2010 season would end in the same way.
O'Grady continues to stand by those comments. He says he's been given assurances that the $15m will be there for the DWC and Race to Dubai bonus cash for the top 15 on the money list.
So as it stands at the moment, the 2010 season will be the second running of the Race to Dubai with six new tournaments in a 47 event schedule.
Britain's Lee Westwood ended the 2009 season in style
But for English golf fans the coming year is bleak with just one tournament, the PGA Championship in May on Wentworth's revamped West Course (it is getting mixed reviews from those who've seen the changes there by the way - they've gone down well with some, but I'm hearing other players are less than keen).
All this at a time when England can boast no fewer than four players in the world's top 18 - only the US has a greater representation in the upper echelons of the game.
But despite this potentially golden era sponsors could not be found for the European Open, played for the last two years at the London Club in Kent. The event had been propped up by Dubai money, but not any longer.
The British Masters also fails to feature on the 2010 calendar, having not been played since 2008, and a much vaunted replacement tournament to be staged in Northern Ireland failed to materialise.
Another worrying development for the Tour is the news that America's PGA Tour has found a date to stage an event in Malaysia. Tim Finchem seems to flexing his muscles in Asia, a key part of the world for O'Grady's rival organisation.
It's good to see Valderrama back on the schedule for the Andalucia Masters while an autumn date has still to be finalised for the World Matchplay just down the road on the Costa del Sol at Finca Cortesin.
That tournament might have to run to five days and have a Wednesday start to allow leeway for weather delays. There was none when this year's event won by Ross Fisher was thankfully blessed with glorious weather.
Fisher is England's fourth man in the world's top 18 and, speaking of the rankings, are you somewhat uneasy that world ranking points were on offer at Woods' tournament in California last week?
While it is great news for Graeme McDowell that he leapt from 55th to 38th in the world, effectively securing his place in the Masters and WGCs for next year, it seems a rather excessive reward for finishing second in an 18-man event, especially as he was a last minute call up for the absent you-know-who.
And speaking of absentees another disappointing one is Catriona Matthew from the list of nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. What more does a British female golfer have to do for due recognition?
Don't blame the Beeb, but the parochial sports editors who clearly failed to recognise the significance of beating the world's best to win the Women's British Open so soon after giving birth to her second child.
Interestingly, elsewhere on this site you can see who nominated whom and only Scottish publications found room to put forward the name of Matthew.
Still I'm told Sunday's event will be a great night for golf and many top players will be in attendance in Sheffield including the newly crowned European Tour Golfer of the Year Lee Westwood, who thoroughly deserves that accolade after his stunning end to the season.
It's unlikely we will see Woods collecting the Overseas Award, I guess. His situation seems to worsen by the day, and who knows when we will see him play again.
Torrey Pines at the end of January still seems to be the most likely option, but will he really want to make his return to action at such a high profile venue so close to Hollywood and its rat-pack reporters?
The suggestion that his campaign might begin at the start of the PGA Tour season at the SBS Championship at Kapalua has gathered some momentum. There are rumours that he'd agreed to play in Hawaii in exchange from the Tour for a more favourable date for last week's Chevron Challenge.
But they are only rumours. As are so many of the stories surrounding the stricken superstar at the moment.
It could well be that the scale of the crisis that's engulfed him and his family might keep Woods away from golf for much longer than had been first anticipated.