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.”