With Tiger Gone PGA Needs John Daly and a Youth Movement To Get By.

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIDecember 11, 2009

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 11:  John Daly of the USA plays a shot on the 16th fairway during day two of the 2009 Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Regency Resort Coolum on December 11, 2009 in Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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Now that Tiger Woods has stepped away from the game to focus on family issues, the question for the PGA Tour is, "How do we keep the public interested?"

One answer for you: John Daly.

John Daly can give the PGA Tour a boost in ratings that it will need. The key for Daly is that all the news be good. The tour does not need him getting into trouble and having breakdowns on the course.

Daly does not have to win to make this happen. If he can put together a solid year and be in contention in most tournaments, it will be nothing but a positive for the game.

Daly has always been a crowd favorite with his unorthodox swing and the way he burst on to the scene at the PGA Championship.

Another key ingredient to the success of a Tiger-less PGA Tour is getting a big youth movement in the game.

Golfers like Sean O'Hair, Nick Watney, Dustin Johnson, and Camilo Villegas are just a few of the young players who need to rise to the top of the game and take it over. All these players had good years last year, but the need to improve this year and take the next steps toward being the best in the game.

Tiger will not be gone for the whole season, but a Tiger-less Tour could really hamper a sport looking to regain a footing in T.V. markets.