By Geoff Shackelford
LOUISVILLE -- There was no sign of Tiger Woods Tuesday at Valhalla, with no new updates about his back pain treatments. Agent Mark Steinberg made a rare media-center appearance to discuss business with PGA of America PR man Julius Mason, but the meeting did not result in a press release of any kind updating Woods’ 2014 PGA Championship status.
(Update: Woods has reportedly asked the PGA of America for an extension in registering for the tournament.)
Asked about Woods, Martin Kaymer noted the four-time PGA champ's absence would be felt if he withdraws.
“If you win a big tournament without Tiger in the field, you know, you still feel very happy about it, but you want to play against him, and it's nice if he's part of every tournament,” the U.S. Open champion said. “He brings a lot of people into it. It has a different flair. And obviously here everybody knows as well, when Tiger's playing in a golf tournament there's more work for you guys, as well, more entertainment and more people.”
Bubba Watson echoed those views.
“He moves the needle more than anybody else. Rory is trying to move it more than him now," Watson said. "I think Tiger, as soon as he gets back healthy, he's going to be back performing at a high level.”
Woods does, however, have the best parking spot available to if he does come to Kentucky: right next to Phil Mickelson and closest to the locker-room entrance. So he’s got that going for him.