Although the MRI results are not in yet on golf's most famous neck, it appears as though once again, this sport will have to sustain itself without its most recognizable player.
If Tiger Woods is indeed headed to the shelf again, can golf get a boost from some of its other players to keep it chugging along?
It is no secret TV ratings drop like a seven-iron tossed into a pond when Tiger is not in a tournament.
Sure, golf can survive without Tiger, but at what level?
The answer to that question undoubtedly lies in the ability of many tour players (not just one left-hander) to step up their games and try and dominate.
Golf does not need parity. Parity will destroy the game. Golf needs Ben Hogan, and Arnie Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.
Phil Mickelson is the logical choice to carry the torch for a bit, but he can't do it alone. He isn't equipped, mentally or physically, to do it alone. There must be others.
Who will step up? Who NEEDS to step up?
Here are a few names that might be able to. If even two or three of them could step it up to the next level, 2010 won't be lost of all drama.
Here are 10 (actually 13 including honorable mentions, but we'll call it 10) guys who could help the game a lot by separating themselves from the rest of the pack.
If two or three of these names came through, golf will be fine. If no one does, and we have a different winner every week on tour, we're in for a long year.