Maybe I only speak for the "casual" or "non-" golf fan, but it feels like the only reason to watch the Masters is Tiger: If he wins, great. If he loses, interesting. But do you really care who beats him? Or who pushes him? Or who leads after today's opening round?
This is the blessing and curse of having a sport that is so thoroughly dominated by a single player. When Tiger was out last year, golf evaporated. When he returned, he was the story. THE story. The ONLY story. That leads today's SN column.
Perhaps avid golf fans care about rising stars or Phil Mickelson or the day-to-day drama of what's going on at Augusta. But the rest of us hear "Tiger vs. the Field" and pick Tiger. What else is there to know about golf right now?
*Ouch, the Yankees are off to a terrible start.
*But the Phillies show 0-2 ain't fatal.
*DeRozan, Harden, Hill: Did we just see 3 slots in the NBA Draft Top 10 get filled? And that does't even count DeJuan Blair.
*I guess the Lions are going to take Matt Stafford. OK. I'll stop harping on him now.
*Lots more where that came from.
Complete column here.