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Ready for the post-Tiger Woods era on Tour? We might already be there

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Tiger Woods says he injured his left knee and Achilles tendon on this shot in the third round at the 2011 Masters.

Tiger Woods won't be playing at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte this week because of an injury to his left knee and Achilles tendon that suffered at the Masters.

That's a setback for Woods who is still struggling to regain his form since his sex scandals and subsequent divorce. It also might be a setback for the PGA Tour, which sees higher TV ratings and gate receipts when Woods is in the field.

However, golf fans are getting accustomed to watching Tour events without Woods. Not counting the silly season or alternate-field events opposite majors and WCG events, the PGA Tour has held 129 tournaments since the beginning of the 2008 season. Woods has competed in only 40 of them (31%).

Of course, Woods doesn't play all PGA Tour events (nor does Phil Mickelson or many other top players). But in addition to the events he regularly skips, since the beginning of the 2008 season, Woods has had his knee operated on twice, withdrawn from a tournament with a neck injury, missed three months during a post-car accident/sex scandal hiatus from the game, and most recently has taken time off to rest his ailing knee and Achilles.

Of the 89 Tour events Woods has missed since the start of 2008, 48 of them have occurred while he was recovering from injuries or during his hiatus (54%).

When you look at the breakdown of events he's missed and his results, the signs look even more troubling for Woods.

2008
Total Tour Events: 37
Tour Events Woods Played: 6 (16%)
Wins: 4

In 2008, which might be one of the most impressive seasons any athlete has ever recorded, Woods missed 31 events (21 from his two knee surgeries, and 10 by personal choice).

Of the six events he played in 2008, here are the results: Buick Invitational, Win; Accenture Match Play Championship, Win; Arnold Palmer Invitational, Win; WCG-CA Championship, 5th; The Masters, 2nd; U.S. Open, Win.

2009
Total Tour Events: 37
Tour Events Woods Played: 17 (46%)
Wins: 6

In 2009, Woods had a more balanced schedule, playing 17 events and missing 20. Of the events he missed, seven were from his post-U.S. Open knee surgery recovery, and 13 were by personal choice.

Again, his results were impressive: Accenture Match Play Championship, T17; WCG-CA Championship, T9; Arnold Palmer Invitational, Win; The Masters, T6; Wachovia Championship, 4th; The Players Championship, 8th, The Memorial, Win; U.S. Open, T6; AT&T National, Win; British Open, CUT; Buick Open, Win; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Win; PGA Championship, 2nd; The Barclays, T2, Deutsche Bank Championship, T11; BMW Championship, Win; Tour Championship, 2nd.

2010
Total Tour Events: 37
Tour Events Woods Played: 12 (32%)
Wins: 0

Woods lost the first three months of 2010 when he took a hiatus from the game following his Thanksgiving 2009 car accident and subsequent scandals. In total he missed 25 events in 2010, playing just 12 times. Of the events he missed, 13 were during his hiatus, three were following his neck injury at the Players, and eight were by personal choice. He didn't qualify for the Tour Championship. By his standards, his 2010 results were disappointing: Masters, T4; Wachovia Championship, CUT; The Players Championship, WD; The Memorial, T19; U.S. Open, T4; AT&T National, T46; British Open, T23; WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T78; PGA Championship, T28; The Barclays, T12; Deutsche Bank Championship, T11; BMW Championship, T15.

2011
Total Tour Events: 18
Tour Events Woods Played: 5 (28%)
Wins: 0

Woods played his normal schedule for the first three months of the year until he injured his knee and Achilles at the Masters. He has not yet said if he will compete in the Players Championship next, but he was wearing a protective boot in Las Vegas last weekend, which is not a promising sign. If Woods misses the Players, he likely would not play again until the Memorial Tournament on June 2. That would make the Memorial his only start before the U.S. Open on June 16.

Famously, the 2008 Woods didn't need to play any warm-up tournaments to win the U.S. Open, but the 2011 Woods looks like a very different kind of player.

Next page: Tiger's complete PGA Tour tournament results, 2008-Present

Tiger Woods PGA Tour tournament results, 2008-Present

2008
1. Mercedes-Benz Championship, Kapalua, HI
Jan. 3-6
Did not play (personal choice)

2. Sony Open, Honolulu, HI
Jan. 10-13
Did not play (personal choice)

3. Bob Hope Classic, Palm Springs, CA
Jan. 16-20
Did not play (personal choice)

4. Buick Invitational, San Diego, CA
Jan. 24-27
Won

5. FBR Open, Scottsdale, AZ
Jan. 31-Feb. 3
Did not play (personal choice)

6. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, CA
Feb. 7-10
Did not play (personal choice)

7. Northern Trust Open, Pacific Palisades, CA
Feb. 14-17
Did not play (personal choice)

8. Accenture Match Play Championship, Tucson, AZ
Feb. 20-24
Won

9. The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Feb. 27-March 1
Did not play (personal choice)

10. PODS Championship, Innisbrook, FL
March 6-9
Did not play (personal choice)

11. Arnold Palmer Invitation, Orlando, FL
March 13-16
Won

12. WCG-CA Championship, Miami, FL
March 20-23
Finished 5th

13. Zurich Classic, New Orleans, LA
March 27-30
Did not play (personal choice)

14. Shell Houston Open, Houston, TX
April 3-6
Did not play (personal choice)

15. The Masters, Augusta, GA
April 10-13
Finished 2nd

16. Verizon Heritage, Hilton Head, SC
April 17-20
Did not play (injured)

17. EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Irving TX
April 24-27
Did not play (injured)

18. Wachovia Championship, Charlotte, NC
May 1-4
Did not play (injured)

19. The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 8-11
Did not play (injured)

20. AT&T Classic, Duluth, GA
May 15-18
Did not play (injured)

21. Crowne Plaza Invitational, Ft. Worth, TX
May 22-25
Did not play (injured)

22. The Memorial Tournament, Dublin, OH
May 29-June 1
Did not play (injured)

23. Stanford St. Jude Championship, Memphis, TN
June 5-8
Did not play (injured)

24. U.S. Open, San Diego, CA
June 12-15
Won

25. Travelers Championship
June 19-22
Did not play (injured)

26. Buick Open, Grand Blanc, Mich.
June 26-29
Did not play (injured)

27. AT&T National, Bethesda, MD
July 3-6
Did not play (injured)

28. John Deere Classic, Silvis, IL
July 10-13
Did not play (injured)

29. British Open, Birkdale, England
July 17-20
Did not play (injured)

30. RBC Canadian Open, Ontario, Canada
July 24-27
Did not play (injured)

31. WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Akron, OH
July 31-Aug. 1
Did not play (injured)

32. PGA Championship, Bloomfield, Mich.
Aug. 7-10
Did not play (injured)

33. Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, NC
Aug. 14-17
Did not play (injured)

34. The Barclays, Harrison, NY
Aug. 21-24
Did not play (injured)

35. Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, MA
Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Did not play (injured)

36. BMW Championship, St. Louis. MO
Sept. 3-7
Did not play (injured)

37. The Tour Championship, Atlanta, GA
Sept. 25-28
Did not play (injured)

2009

38. Mercedes-Benz Championship, Kapalua, HI
Jan. 8-11
Did not play (injured)

39. Sony Open, Honolulu, HI
Jan. 15-18
Did not play (injured)

40. Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Palm Springs, CA
Jan. 22-25
Did not play (injured)

41. FBR Open, Scottsdale, AZ
Jan 29.-Feb. 1
Did not play (injured)

42. Buick Invitational, San Diego, CA
Feb. 5-8
Did not play (injured)

43. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, CA
Feb. 12-15
Did not play (injured)

44. Northern Trust Open, Pacific Palisades, CA
Feb. 19-22
Did not play (injured)

45. Accenture Match Play Championship, Tucson, AZ
Feb. 25-March 1
Finished T17

46. The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
March 5-8
Did not play (personal choice)

47. WCG-CA Championship, Miami, FL
March 12-15
Finished T9

48. Transitions Championship, Innisbrook, FL
March 19-22
Did not play (personal choice)

49. Arnold Palmer Invitation, Orlando, FL
March 26-29
Won

50. Shell Houston Open, Houston, TX
April 2-5
Did not play (personal choice)

51. The Masters, Augusta, GA
April 9-12
Finished T6

52. Verizon Heritage, Hilton Head, SC
April 16-19
Did not play (personal choice)

53. Zurich Classic, New Orleans, LA
April 23-26
Did not play (personal choice)

54. Quail Hollow Championship, Charlotte, NC
April 30-May 3
Finished 4th

55. The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 7-10
Finished 8th

56. Valero Texas Open, San Antonio, TX
May 14-17
Did not play (personal choice)

57. EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Irving TX
May 21-24
Did not play (personal choice)

58. Crowne Plaza Invitational, Ft. Worth, TX
May 28-31
Did not play (personal choice)

59. The Memorial Tournament, Dublin, OH
June 4-7
Won

60. Stanford St. Jude Championship, Memphis, TN
June 11-14
Did not play (personal choice)

61. U.S. Open, Bethpage, NY
June 18-21
Finished T6

62. Travelers Championship
June 25-28
Did not play (personal choice)

63. AT&T National, Bethesda, MD
July 2-5
Won

64. John Deere Classic, Silvis, IL
July 16-19
Did not play (personal choice)

65. British Open, Turnberry, Scotland
July 16-19
Missed Cut

66. RBC Canadian Open, Ontario, Canada
July 23-26
Did not play (personal choice)

67. Buick Open, Warwick Hills, MI
July 30-Aug. 2
Won

68. WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Akron, OH
Aug. 6-9
Won

69. PGA Championship, Hazeltine, MN
Aug. 13-16
Finished 2nd

70. Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, NC
Aug. 20-23
Did not play (personal choice)

71. The Barclays, Jersey City, NJ
Aug. 27-30
Finished T2

72. Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, MA
Sept. 3-7
Finished T11

73. BMW Championship, Lemont, IL
Sept. 10-13
Won

74. The Tour Championship, Atlanta, GA
Sept. 24-27
Finished 2nd

2010

75. SBS Championship, Kapalua, HI
Jan. 7-10
Did not play (hiatus)

76. Sony Open, Honolulu, HI
Jan. 14-17
Did not play (hiatus)

77. Bob Hope Classic, Palm Springs, CA
Jan. 21-24
Did not play (hiatus)

78. San Diego Open, San Diego, CA
Jan. 28-31
Did not play (hiatus)

79. Northern Trust Open, Pacific Palisades, CA
Feb. 4-7
Did not play (hiatus)

80. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, CA
Feb. 11-14
Did not play (hiatus)

81. Accenture Match Play Championship, Tucson, AZ
Feb. 18-21
Did not play (hiatus)

82. Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, AZ
Feb. 25-28
Did not play (hiatus)

83. The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
March 4-7
Did not play (hiatus)

84. WCG-CA Championship, Miami, FL
March 11-14
Did not play (hiatus)

85. Transitions Championship, Innisbrook, FL
March 18-21
Did not play (hiatus)

86. Arnold Palmer Invitation, Orlando, FL
March 25-28
Did not play (hiatus)

87. Shell Houston Open, Houston, TX
April 1-4
Did not play (hiatus)

88. The Masters, Augusta, GA
April 8-11
Finished T4

89. Verizon Heritage, Hilton Head, SC
April 15-18
Did not play (personal choice)

90. Zurich Classic, New Orleans, LA
April 22-25
Did not play (personal choice)

91. Wells Fargo Championship, Charlotte, NC
April 29-May 2
Missed Cut

92. The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 6-9
Withdrew with neck injury

93. Valero Texas Open, San Antonio, TX
May 13-16
Did not play (injury)

94. EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Irving TX
May 20-23
Did not play (injury)

95. Crowne Plaza Invitational, Ft. Worth, TX
May 27-30
Did not play (injury)

96. The Memorial Tournament, Dublin, OH
June 3-6
Finished T19

97. Stanford St. Jude Championship, Memphis, TN
June 10-13
Did not play (personal choice)

98. U.S. Open, Pebble Beach, CA
June 17-20
Finished T4

99. Travelers Championship, Hartford, CT
June 25-28
Did not play (personal choice)

100. AT&T National, Newtown Square, PA
July 1-4
Finished T46

101. John Deere Classic, Silvis, IL
July 8-11
Did not play (personal choice)

102. British Open, St. Andrews, Scotland
July 15-18
Finished T23

103. RBC Canadian Open, Ontario, Canada
July 22-25
Did not play (personal choice)

104. The Greenbrier Classic, White Sulphur Springs, WV
July 28-Aug. 1
Did not play (personal choice)

105. WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Akron, OH
Aug. 5-8
Finished T78

106. PGA Championship, Haven, WI
Aug. 12-15
Finished T28

107. Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, NC
Aug. 19-22
Did not play (personal choice)

108. The Barclays, Paramus, NJ
Aug. 22-29
Finished T12

109. Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, MA
Sept. 3-6
Finished T11

110. BMW Championship, Lemont, IL
Sept. 9-12
Finished T15

111. The Tour Championship, Atlanta, GA
Sept. 23-26
Did not qualify

2011

112. Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Kapalua, HI
Jan. 6-9
Did not qualify

113. Sony Open, Honolulu, HI
Jan. 13-16
Did not play (personal choice)

114. Bob Hope Classic, Palm Springs, CA
Jan. 19-23
Did not play (personal choice)

115. Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego, CA
Jan. 28-31
Finished T44

116. Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, AZ
Feb. 3-6
Did not play (personal choice)

117. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, CA
Feb. 10-13
Did not play (personal choice)

118. Northern Trust Open, Pacific Palisades, CA
Feb. 17-20
Did not play (personal choice)

119. Accenture Match Play Championship, Tucson, AZ
Feb. 23-27
Finished T33

120. The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
March 3-6
Did not play (personal choice)

121. WCG-CA Championship, Miami, FL
March 10-13
Finished T10

122. Transitions Championship, Innisbrook, FL
March 17-20
Did not play (personal choice)

123. Arnold Palmer Invitation, Orlando, FL
March 24-27
Finished T24

124. Shell Houston Open, Houston, TX
March 31-April 3
Did not play (personal choice)

125. The Masters, Augusta, GA
April 7-10
Finished T4, injured left knee and Achilles' tendon during third round)

126. Valero Texas Open
April 14-17
Did not play (injury)

127. The Heritage, Hilton Head, SC
April 21-24
Did not play (injury)

128. Zurich Classic, New Orleans, LA
April 28-May 1
Did not play (injury)

129. Quail Hollow Championship, Charlotte, NC
May 6-9
Did not play (injury)

130. The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 6-9
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