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Golf is not the same without Tiger Woods

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Bubba Watson secured his second Masters title in just six attempts at Augusta yesterday, but there was still something missing from what was a fantastic four days of action. That being - Tiger Woods.

Much was made of the 14-time major winner's withdrawal from the tournament, when he withdrew from the tournament to have surgery on a pinched nerve in his back.

It was the first time the world No. 1 had missed the Masters since his debut at Augusta in 1995 as an amateur. And it was a presence that was sorely missed over the weekend.

The viewing figures back this up even further. ESPN recorded a record low of 2m for the first day of the event, their lowest since they started covering the Masters back in 2008.

Few characters can galvanise a sport single-handedly in the way Woods can. And it certainly felt as if something was missing from the famous event without the roars of "Come on Tiger" being bellowed from the crowd.

He has been a much maligned figure since his well publicised misdemeanours in 2009, with some fans unable to see him in the same light. But few can argue his return to form after serious injuries has been impressive with his rise back to the top of the world rankings, even if he has failed to win a major in that time.

His character still remains and he still has a pull like no other on the golfing circuit. Watson, despite his entertaining style of play and crowd engagement, still cannot wet the appetite of the golfing world in the same way Woods can.

Woods will not go on forever, though. So how can golf be as attractive without his presence? Well, that is a question few can answer at the minute. It will need someone to take the golfing world by storm in the way Woods did in the 90's.

Rory McIlroy has threatened to take the mantle, but like others before him, he has gone missing in far too many tournaments to date. After a promising first round last week, he ultimately faded away.

So yet again, Tiger's return from this latest injury setback will be keenly followed as the golfing world still yearns to see him break Jack Nicklaus' Major winning haul of 18.

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