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PGA Tour Sees Young Talent Step Up At Augusta, But Can They Fill Upcoming Void?
Published April 15, 2014
STILL DEPENDENT ON TIGER: Columnist Kevin Blackistone noted Sunday's final round of The Masters drew its lowest rating since '93 for a non-Easter weekend, and said with Woods' absence, the tournament "went back to being a golf tournament watched mostly by golfers and not by the rest of America." Blackistone: "They've got to find a way to rejuvenate The Masters, and I don’t know if that personality is going to walk right through the door." The N.Y. Daily News' Frank Isola noted The Masters needs Woods, but ESPN's Bomani Jones said the PGA Tour "does not need Jordan Spieth or anybody else." Jones: "After Tiger Woods goes away, it's going to stick to being what they like it being -- the people who like it watch it and that's that" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 4/14). ESPN's Dan Le Batard said fans "don’t care at all" that Bubba Watson has now won two of the last three Masters, though he is a "charming story." Le Batard: "If Tiger had done the same thing -- two times in three years -- you know we all would have been watching. We wouldn't be complaining about no drama on the back nine. This is all about Tiger Woods, all of it, and this is even on a day where you had a contender who's 20-years-old" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 4/14).