Players React Following Tiger Woods Injury Bombshell

Like most golf fans, Tiger Woods’ peers were just as shocked at the news that the world No. 1 would miss this year’s Masters Tournament and that there was no immediate timetable for his return. 

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Some players took to Twitter to grieve and to show their support for Woods. 

Jack Nicklaus, the man whose career major record Woods is pursuing, sent his condolences and well wishes on his website saying, “I am sorry to hear that Tiger will miss the Masters Tournament. I know Tiger has been working very hard to return to form, and as I have said many times, Tiger has a lot of years of good golf ahead of him. I hate to see him robbed of some of that time by injury. But we all know he is doing what is in the best interest of his health and future. I wish him well on a speedy recovery.”

Other tour stars offered their thoughts on Woods and spoke about the effect his absence will have on the tour and the game during PGA Tour player press conferences ahead of the Shell Houston Open:

Matt Kuchar 
“It’s the Masters. It’s still the greatest golf tournament. We experienced a year without him. He is the center of the PGA Tour-sphere. He attracts the most eyeballs, the most attention, but there are a lot of great players out here and I think the tour held on quite well, stayed pretty healthy, while he was absent. Certainly, the Masters will not suffer. It’s definitely exciting. I think everyone wants Tiger to be healthy and playing well and in contention. I think most guys dream of taking Tiger down, battling him down the stretch at the Masters. Hypothetically, if he’s out, we won’t have that chance this year but we’ll still have a chance to don a green jacket.”

Bill Haas
“Selfishly, we’d all love to see him play there. For our sport, we need him in the events, need him in the field. He does nothing but draw more attention to each and every tournament he’s in. Overall, it impacts our sport, the fact that he’s not here, but with that said, we have younger guys who are stepping up, a bunch of talented guys, a bunch of first-time winners the last few weeks. Hopefully, the tour can embrace that. With all that said, we need him healthy and playing.”

Brendon de Jonge
“It’s definitely going to be a different feel. Any time he shows up at an event, there’s more of a vibe. You can feel that he’s around. It’s going to take away from it a little bit. We still have to go and take care of our own business. … Golf is in a really good place at the moment. I think any tournament can stand not having him there, but it adds to it when Tiger is in the field.”

Stewart Cink
“It will be a little different without him, but it’s still a great tournament. We played, back in 2008, we played a couple majors in a row without him, and they were still great tournaments, and the Masters will be great. But it’s kind of sad not to see Tiger over there because it’s always exciting to see what he’s going to do.”

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