Competitive golf today is an estimated $68.8 billion industry. Tiger Wood’s injury is estimated to cost the sport a good chunk of that money.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the golf icon’s injury may cost golf as much as $15 billion. Some go even so far as to see the end of golf on the horizon in a time were golf venues and clubs have troubles getting new members interested in the sport.
Now it is time that the sport needs to look at the bigger picture. According to the above article (and the writer is certainly not alone with that opinion), golf used Woods “as its big excuse for Apathy. Woods brought the uninitiated to the game. They turned on for Tiger, when they never dreamt of doing so before. His genius, his back story, yes, his skin colour, brought a whole new audience and, for a while, golf boomed. “.
What is your opinion? How will Tiger Wood’s injury affect the future of golf? Are we seeing the end of golf as we know it and will his absence once again turn golf into the sport of a handful of elites only?