On Newsstands Now: A World Without Tiger

On Newsstands Now: A World Without Tiger
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For more than two decades Tiger Woods has been the story of golf. There have been plenty of other great players during Woods' time—Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh—though none with Woods' extraordinary candlepower.

He has been his sport's supernova, its calling card, its driving force, its face.

Yet so often over the last few years, Woods' bright light has flickered. Injuries have devastated his body and destroyed his game. Back surgeries kept him out of golf altogether for a year and a half. Scandal has tarnished his reputation as a one-time role model.

Despite all the spin to the contrary, the game hasn't been the same without him. But what if the game never had him at all? Which players would have benefitted from his absence? Who among them would have claimed Tiger's 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 majors?

To find out, read the full story in February's Cigar Aficionado, on newsstands now.

"With 51 professional wins and 5 Majors, it would be difficult to identify any better golfer than Phil Mickelson (minus a TW PGA Tour). Currently, Phil and Tiger are tied 13-13-4 when head to head, however before Tiger's media crash and injuries it was a lopsided 13-8-4 in favor of Tiger. It's interesting to think how many majors Phil may have won without Tiger in the field! Go Lefty" —January 27, 2017 10:21 AM