2011 Open Championship: 5 Reasons Why It's Better off Without Tiger Woods

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2011 Open Championship: 5 Reasons Why It's Better off Without Tiger Woods
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For just the second time in his illustrious career, Tiger Woods will not be teeing off at The Open Championship, which will be hosted this year at Royal St. Georges Golf Club.

The last time Tiger missed golf's most prestigious major was back in 2008, when injuries prevented his participation in both The Open Championship and The PGA Championship. 

Now, nearly two years removed from his infamous "car accident," Woods has toppled from atop the World Golf Rankings to a forgettable 19th. He has missed cuts, pulled out of tournaments, been injured frequently, and will now miss his second consecutive major.

But Tiger Woods is still arguably golf's most important figure, and thus, his absence continues to generate headlines and questions about golf's ability to generate fans without him.  

Regardless, this year's Open Championship could be one of the best in recent memory. Never in this generation of golf has there been so many fresh faces and exciting players contending for the most coveted trophy in sports: The Claret Jug.

Here are five reasons why the Open Championship is better off without Tiger Woods

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