Moving on from Woods's absence
Being of a generally cheery disposition it's something of a change to be branded as one of "The Glums".
Yet, I'm actually feeling quite chipper about the action to come. It is a shame that Woods isn't here, but not the end of the golfing world.
My point is that you want the best players at the biggest events. Woods is the best player in the world, in fact he's arguably the best to have ever picked up a club.
When the week is all about crowning the "Champion Golfer of the Year" then you would want him in the field.
But here's the fact that hasn't been aired much in this debate. Woods isn't actually the best player in the world at the moment. He can't be because he can't stand without the aid of crutches and he can't swing a club.
You or I would currently stand a chance of beating him.
Fitness is part and parcel of being a sportsman or woman and if you don't have it then you can't compete.
And so he's not here and we are left with the best current collection of players in the world, contesting the game's most prestigious title.
It's Perry's choice, his loss and certainly not the Open's.
As for the Woods debate, it has been right in the build up to contextualise this Championship being played without the world number one.
But as we get closer and closer to the big tee-off that is now of no concern to those who are here. They can only play the course and their fellow opponents and these are their only priorities.
Make no mistake, as each and every one of them tees off, the last man they'll be thinking about will be T. Woods Esq., of Isleworth Florida.
Birkdale for my money is the best course in England. We have the prospect of a genuinely open Open which is a refreshing prospect and offers the vehicle for new stars to emerge.
So, I say, bring it on.