Long after Webb Simpson sweated out his one-stroke U.S. Open victory Sunday, chatter continues about how the golf world is diminished without a certain player being involved in the final-round drama.
Absent Tiger Woods and his aura, major tournaments, let alone regular PGA Tour stops, are pedestrian affairs, naysayers posit.
But real golf fans know that's false, that there's drama with every player who moves onto the leaderboard.
Who could have watched Jim Furyk's stumble on the final three holes at San Francisco's Olympic Club without emotion? After another errant shot, Furyk bit the shaft of his club, agonizing.
Graeme McDowell's missed birdie putt on No. 18 was the difference between a playoff and Simpson enjoying a touching celebration with his wife.
Amateur Beau Hossler, a promising 17-year-old, enthralled fans even as he dropped out of contention.
Great players bring electricity to the game, but golf always has been about competition among players, between a player and a course or between a player and himself. Those who claim golf without Woods is a sideshow confuse celebrity with athletic relevance. They can coexist, but one does not depend on the other.
What to watch I
NBA Finals, Oklahoma City at Miami, 6 p.m., Ch. 10: The Thunder tries to avoid a 3-1 hole.
What to watch II
Baseball, Giants at L.A. Angels, 7:05 p.m., CSNBA: Angels starter C.J. Wilson hasn't allowed more than one earned run in a start since May 12.
What's your take on Tiger Woods?
He deserves all the attention.
He's become just another pro golfer.
Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports
Who should be the National League starter in the All-Star Game?
Matt Cain, Giants: 84%
R.A. Dickey, Mets: 8%
Cole Hamels, Phillies: 3%
Lance Lynn, Cardinals: 3%
Total votes: 446
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