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Majors no big deal without Woods

Here is the thing. If you are not aware that the US Open is currently taking place at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina, I will forgive you. You see, since Tiger Woods decided to hit a tree with his SUV, dropping 18 women from the branches in the process, golf has never been the same.

According to the bleacher report, the world of golf misses Woods as much as you would miss you lungs if you woke up without them.

Those with little love for Woods claim that no individual is bigger than the game; and whilst this may be true for many sports, in golf, Woods has been the game for nearly 20 years now.

This will be the second straight Major Woods will be missing, this after he skipped the Masters with a nagging back problem. As a result, the TV ratings for the Masters dropped by 24 per cent, the lowest since 2004 according to golf.com.

The US Open will suffer from two blows – the first being the absence of Woods and the second being the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It is no clear when Woods will return to competitive golf.

Speaking of competitive golf, today I will have the tough task of playing in the same grouping with Wanjohi Kangagi, the Hino general manager.

It is Kangagi who invited me for the Toyota Kenya Golf Day at the pristine Karen Country Club, and it may appear rude to avoid him at the tee and join a more quieter group. Pray for me.

Over the years, Toyota has put on great corporate golf days. Back to the US Open, my money is on Phil Mickelson.

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