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The first two majors of the season saw first-time winners of golf's biggest tournaments -- with Adam Scott at The Masters and Justin Rose at the U.S. Open. Will this week's The Open Championship be the third straight new winner? Or will someone like reigning winner Ernie Els or Tiger Woods capture another title? The 14-time major winner Woods has not played since the U.S. Open due to an elbow injury. Submit your rankings now!

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Louis Oosthuizen tossed the ball from his double eagle into the crowd at Augusta National, and a lucky fan caught it. He'll be giving it back to the club, but is he unusual in doing so? Would you try to sell it?

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Even the wind seemed to stop blowing Sunday at St. Andrews, although it wasn't clear if it did so out of respect for the show Louis Oosthuizen was putting on at the Old Course or simply out of sheer boredom with a final round that was one long, undulating victory parade for the previously unheralded South African.

SportsNation voters say Oosthuizen's win was more brilliant than boring, but perhaps that's because most of them weren't watching. Perhaps not coincidentally, the tournament also lacked a run from Tiger Woods. At one point in time (assuming that point was prior to Thanksgiving last year), majors at Augusta, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews made 2010 look like the year Woods might begin his closing kick in the race to pass Jack Nicklaus' record 18 majors. And now? Well, Tiger's future is at least unclear, if not yet doomed.

But Oosthuizen's four days of dominance at St. Andrews aside, is golf in general less interesting without Woods the root for or against at the top of the leaderboard?

choate_sedition

Anybody who has ever played the game knows that golf is at least 50% mental. Its about focus, concentration and discipline. The advantage that Tiger had over the rest of the PGA Tour was his mental approach. Where Tiger is right now, he no longer has that advantage.

-- choate_sedition
azbears63

maybe tiger can match jack's record on the champions' tour.

-- AZBears63

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