The 2014 Masters tournament is in uncharted territory as it tees off on April 10. For the first time in two decades, Tiger Woods will not be on the Masters leaderboard or field, due to his latest injury. Even in years where Woods wasn't a contender, he was the biggest storyline at Augusta no matter what -- so now the tournament needs other big names and stories to spice up the leaderboard.
Technically, golf has already gotten used to Woods not being around when a major is on the line. He still hasn't won one since 2008, and has fallen well short of the leaderboard by the final Sunday more often than not. Nevertheless, Woods has come closer at the Masters over the last several years than in any other major, so Augusta is that much more vulnerable without him.
The fact that no one has stood up to take Woods' throne over the years is more evident than ever now. Since he stands to miss several more months and a few more majors this season, and is further away than ever from threatening Jack Nicklaus's major record, the PGA needs different story lines and star power to get by in the long term.
For the short term of the 2014 Masters, the best thing it needs is big names and new potential stars on the leaderboard. Phil Mickelson threatening for a fourth green jacket would help, especially since he would match Woods' four. Adam Scott winning a second straight Masters would also be a boost, as would Rory McIlory getting back into form.
More often than not, however, little known names have won majors and Masters in Woods' absence. Since Woods won his last green jacket in 2005, the likes of Zach Johnson, Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel have prevailed at Augusta. Will the 2014 champion be someone that few see coming as well?
For the moment, fans and the PGA are looking to the biggest stars other than Woods -- and the biggest potential stars in a post-Woods era -- to fill the gap at the Masters. The accompanying list details the most high profile golfers left at Augusts, as well as those who could be household names by Sunday afternoon.