Just because Tiger’s not playing in Masters doesn’t mean players aren’t talking about him

 

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods isn’t playing in the Masters this week because of lingering injuries but his name continues to come up with the top players here, and with the same unparalleled measure of fascination.

“I lived through the Tiger dominance,” 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott said Tuesday. “We all just felt at times we were playing for second, that’s for sure.

Tiger Woods of the U.S. waves to the crowd as he walks off the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Tiger Woods waves to the crowd as he walks off the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

“What’s hard to imagine, and what I like to imagine, is the confidence he must have had going to the golf course to play over that period of time. I thought I felt pretty confident rolling around Florida there a couple of weeks ago (winning Honda and Doral back-to-back), but that’s how he felt for 10 years.

“The highlight reel, I watch it on YouTube at times…I was really fortunate to get some front-row seats at times, getting to play with him throughout those years and watching it close up. As a fan, absolutely, it was special. I think he made us believe it was going to go forever and ever. That’s not the reality of it, but it went for such a long period of time that we thought it was.”

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Jason Day, the new World No. 1, said “as a player, I didn’t like getting beat by Tiger all the time. I mean, it sucked.

“But as a fan, it was fantastic golf to watch. He did things no one else could do. It was just amazing what he could do as an athlete in our sport. Changed the game of golf for the better.”

Tiger is expected to attend Tuesday night’s Champions Dinner at Augusta National. He sent out a tweet Friday to say that he is progressing but there is no timetable for his return. The four-time Masters champion won his last green jacket in 2005. He finished tied for 17th last year.