PGA Championship 2011: Why Tournament Doesn't Need Tiger Woods

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA - AUGUST 12:  Tiger Woods watches a shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 12, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods brings in the casual fans. He sells tickets. People follow him around.

However, does golf really need him? No.

There is a whole new breed of superstars coming up through the ranks, including Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Keegan Bradley.

While Jason Day missed the cut as well, all of these other golfers are still in action on Saturday and will provide plenty of drama.

The casual fan may not be tuning in with Tiger out of the tournament, but the world simply does not revolve around him anymore. Golf has gone on just fine without Tiger, and while the ratings will be down now, the ratings are down anytime Tiger does not play well.

Who knows how much Tiger has left in the tank at this point. He is constantly hurt and can't seem to straighten out his driver anymore. He may never regain his form, so it is best if we all just move on now.

Forget about the TV ratings, the fans and the media coverage—the world needs to realize that superstars don't last forever.

Jack Nicklaus didn't play forever and the golf world struggled to find a replacement, but they did in the end. The NBA lost Michael Jordan and thought they would struggle to bounce back, but then they found Kobe Bryant. The NHL lost Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, but have bounced back with Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

The point is, every sport loses a superstar, but they have to find a way to move on. Golf will find another superstar and they may have already done so in Rory McIlroy.

The heir-apparent to Tiger will come along, and golf will survive with or without Tiger.