Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tiger & The Pussycats

Since Tiger Woods last touched a golf club in competition, there have been two majors, two dozen PGA Tour events, the Ryder Cup and the tour's so-called "playoffs."

Nevertheless, looking at the World Golf Rankings, one wouldn't even know Mr. Wounded Knee has been out of commission since last June.

Tiger's rankings average is 10.75. In second place: Sergio Garcia at 7.95.  There's a bigger spread between Woods and Garcia than there is between No. 5 Vijay Singh and No. 17 Stewart Cink ... but that's not even the craziest stat

The spread between Woods and the world's No. 6 golfer (Geoff Ogilvy) is greater than the margin separating Ogilvy and No. 1,382 Pablo Abumohor.

That's right: THE Pablo Abumohor.

The NFL doesn't "need" Peyton Manning and Brian Urlacher. MLB doesn't "need" Albert Pujols and CC Sabathia. The NBA doesn't "need" LeBron and Kobe. The NHL doesn't "need" Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby

Sure, those leagues benefit greatly from the popularity and skills of those players, but it's not the same kind of relationship the PGA Tour has with Tiger Woods. 

The tour needs Tiger more than he needs them, and that knowledge can't make PGA honchos feel very comfortable at all.

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