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Tiger's impact of not playing U.S. Open

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BETHESDA, Md. – Ticket broker sales slumped when Tiger Woods announced he wasn’t going to play the U.S. Open.

TV ratings are expected to suffer.

What’s the real impact of Woods missing his first U.S. Open since 1994?

That was among the questions asked Wednesday in an NBC/Golf Channel teleconference with TV analysts working this week’s event:

NBC’s Johnny Miller – “I think U.S. golf fans, unfortunately, are starting to get used to not having Tiger around. Obviously we’d love to have him here and it was heartbreaking to him and us that he isn’t. But golf is bigger than Tiger. Golf always ends up being the big boy. It’s a great game and everybody wants to see who can handle the pressure and play well and be the hero or make mistakes the last day and there’s nothing like it. There are more train wrecks and car wrecks at the U.S. Open than any other championship.”

Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee – “There are so many things that conspire to make this tournament captivating. The fact that Tiger Woods is nowhere in sight in the landscape of golf makes it interesting in a different way. Nobody really knows where to look. Nobody knows who the favorite is.”