In recent years, he would have been a favorite to win. Every tournament would have benefitted from his appearance. Ticket sales often tripled or quadrupled with Tiger lurking in the field.
David Feherty recently said, the only golfers who could win a tournament without playing very good are Tiger Woods and Greg Norman.
Now, Tiger's good isn't good enough.
On pgatour.com's power rankings, which are a bunch of B.S. in my opinion, Ben Crane is picked No. 1 and Rory McIlroy is No. 2 followed by Mark Wilson who had his first PGA Tour win there in '06.
Since the 5 years the HC has been at PGA National, it has ranked in the 15 most difficult in greens in regulation.
A particularly tough stretch of holes, 15-17 known as 'the Bear Trap,' should make for good TV coverage. Tough par 3s over water will play havoc with the world's best golfing talent.
Seriously, Ben Crane is picked to win and his best appearance was third in '09?
Ben Crane is a great dude, an awesome golfer and a notriously slow player. He's had 4 PGA Tour wins but is perhaps better known for the time another Rory, the less famous one now, hit out of turn, walked off ahead of him and stood behind the green before Crane had hit his shot from the fairway.
Crane is also one of the 'Golf Boys,' a pseudoboy band also featuring Bubba Watson, Ricky Fowler and Hunter Mahan.
Rob Boulton, pgatour.com's fantasy columnist who seems to have determined those power rankings, could just be a really big fan of the 'Golf Boys.'
Btw, my power rankings: Tiger Woods followed by Mark Wilson.