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Golf Will Be Fine Without Tiger

Yesterday’s final round at the Farmer’s Insurance Open came down to the final shot on the 72nd hole of the weekend. The tournament had everything you could want in a final round. Except Tiger. 

The proverbial dust has settled with regards to Tiger’s sex life, and he has returned to the golf course in an attempt to resurrect his career.  There has been a problem though, Tiger is playing extremely mediocre golf.  He failed to break par on either day of the weekend, something that he had managed to avoid at Torrey Pines all but one round of his life prior to Saturday.  By 3:30pm EST, he was completely irrelevant towards the outcome of the tournament.

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So this is where the tournament gets boring, right? Tiger drives the rations and creates compelling golf.  Not yesterday.  Yesterday’s tournament came down to the final shot, on the final hole of the day.  We saw young faces like Dustin Johnson (birdied final 2 holes to get in contention), Jhonattan Vegas (was right in it until his 2nd shot on 18 found the pond) and Hunter Mahan (whose glasses looked as fresh as ever).  As usual, Phil provided his usual Sunday drama, taking aim at the pin from 80 yards out, and leaving a must-make shot just 3 feet from the hole.  Phil’s miss gave the victory to the very likable up-and-comer, Bubba Watson.

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Sunday at Torrey Pines gave hope to a sport that has relied on the star power of one man for far too long.  Yes, we will always love watching Tiger perform in his Sunday red, but the next generation of golfer is not too far from dominating, and watch out.  It’s going to be exciting.

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