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Miss Tiger? No way. This Open still is exciting

I don't usually delve too much into the world of golf, but with the U.S. Open in full swing, this is as good a time as any.

What prompted me was a column by Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg about Tiger Woods. Dahlberg, it seems, is missing this tournament without Woods not being there.

In a "letter" to Woods, Dahlberg writes, "Believe me, this tournament needs something to make it interesting."

Ah, did you happen to watch the first round, Dahlberg?

Rory McIlroy blew threw Congressional Country Club. And on Friday, he did it again. McIlroy's 11-under is a record through 36 holes at the Open.

That's not too shabby. Not many expected it, I'm sure, especially Dahlberg.

Maybe we just need to embrace change. I don't miss Woods and his surly attitude. I don't miss Woods swearing after every errant tee shot.

When McIlroy withered on the final day of the Masters in April, he handled it with class and grace. I'm confident enough to say that Woods would have reacted differently.

Tiger will be back. He probably will even win another major.

But this Open doesn't need him.


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