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    tiger bigger then the sport?

    listening to some talk radio and the masters came up and talking about the intrest in the masters and most people that called in didnt really have any because TW isnt playing.

    i mean most of us will watch the masters because were die hard. their is no denying that people tune in when TW is in contention and because of him not because of golf. the scale that this happens makes me think that Tiger is bigger then the game.

    what does everyone think?
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    Nobody is ever going to be bigger than the sport. And that goes for every sport out there.
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    He's bigger than his own thread. This I know! As for the sport, probably not.
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    No, I don't believe so. He's great for the game, but not bigger than the sport. Unless he breaks Jack's record anyways, but still probably not.
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    not than the sport but he is one of the most important figures
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    I don't know if he's bigger than the sport. I guess the best way to determine that would be for him to stop playing and see if purses go down or up.

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    He's big enough that he doesn't even need to attend the Champions Dinner! That's good enough for me!



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    Tiger Woods is bigger than PGA Tour golf. Heck, he is bigger than the majors in most cases as well. The scandal (#UglyHookerGate) showed us that when that was news, but unless he was the winner, there was no news.

    The Masters is usually a bit different in that regards, but I think that a lot of factors have attributed to less buzz overall. Weather ran late this year in much of the country. No big name players are playing all that well leading up to it. But we would be naive to think that Tiger Woods not being it the event has an impact.

    The bigger issue here is the typical media's mundane approach to discuss a missing figure more than any other story about the 1st major of the year.

    So to answer the question, yes he is bigger than the sport. No, the sport will not fold without him there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulligan9111 View Post
    Nobody is ever going to be bigger than the sport. And that goes for every sport out there.
    idk it has to be in individual sport lance armstrong in his prime TW in his prime have a case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohio_striker View Post
    idk it has to be in individual sport lance armstrong in his prime TW in his prime have a case.
    I guess my whole point is that golf is going to be there whether or not he's playing.

    Don't get me wrong, he's done more for golf than probably anybody, but he will retire at some point and golf will go on without him without skipping a beat.
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    Tiger is not bigger than the game but has had the biggest impact on it since first Arnie, then Jack. Tiger still has a big influence on how the fringe fan and non-golf fans view majors and other tournaments. Tiger played a role in bringing new golfers to the game in the late 90's and early 00's. If not for the scandal and the five year majors drought he'd likely still be adding new golfers to the game.
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    Yes he is bigger than the sport. My reasoning- Purses went through the roof once he came. Will they go down once he retires? Hmm ask the market how the Master's prices have faired since it was announced he was not playing. Also, Augusta is the most racist and sexist club I've ever know. They are a private club that marches to it's own drum. That being said, the rules officials (when at Augusta) made one of the most obsure concessions for Tiger last year. Think about the difference...he admitted to a rules infraction which subsequently led to the score card thing but when Dustin grounded his club in a hazard that wasn't a hazard earlier in the week, he loses the US.

    I'll admit it, I thoroughly enjoy golf but am extremely busy with an infant at home. I'll try and watch some of the Master's. If TW was playing there would be no "try" in my previous sentence.

    I would predict that once Tiger is gone with no chance of returning to his former self, the public will greatly lose interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulligan9111 View Post
    I guess my whole point is that golf is going to be there whether or not he's playing.

    Don't get me wrong, he's done more for golf than probably anybody, but he will retire at some point and golf will go on without him without skipping a beat.
    golf will go on but i would say it will take a hit in popularity. how much golf will be on espn wo tiger. what will happen to all the casual viewers and $ tiger brings when hes gone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohio_striker View Post
    golf will go on but i would say it will take a hit in popularity. how much golf will be on espn wo tiger. what will happen to all the casual viewers and $ tiger brings when hes gone?
    Im not sure I agree with that. Perhaps for a short time, but they said the same thing about Palmer, the same thing about Jack, and now the same thing about Tiger. There are always stars to be born.
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    It's hard to imagine why he would be bigger than the sport. He's not exactly 'legendary' like he used to be. But, he did a lot for the game, and his presence certainly makes a difference in TV ratings. Is he bigger than the game of golf, no, but golf owes a lot to him, and ratings suffer without him.

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