Masters will be 'weird' without Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods of the USA during the final round of the 2013 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club...

Tiger Woods of the USA during the final round of the 2013 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 PM ET

And now for something completely different: A Masters Tournament without Tiger Woods.

As much as the Tiger-haters — and they are legion — would have us believe, Woods is still the No. 1-ranked player in the world and the game’s most charismatic figure. His absence for the first time in 20 years has taken some of the air out of the pre-tournament buildup.

“It’s a weird feeling not having him here, isn’t it?” three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson said. “He’s been such a mainstay in professional golf and in the majors. I hope he’s back for the other majors. And as much as I want to win and I know how great he is and tough to beat, it makes it special when he’s in the field and you’re able to win.”


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