How much will the golfing world suffer as a result of Tiger's absence? My guesstimate would mean at least 10,000 off the gallery figures for the Open, incalculable in the States.
But what of his fellow pro's? How many will be buoyed at the prospect of now being considered a contender as opposed to an also ran? I know some have been saying "whoever wins there won't be an asterisk stating Tiger didn't compete that year" on the stats, but I think the opposite.
Like it or not, Woods has set the bar. He is the yardstick by which all others are measured. Whoever wins the Open/USPGA, regardless of how well they played or who they beat they will go down in history as the winner who didn't have to beat Tiger, such is his dominance of the game.