Woods can bring excitement to a tournament even if he isn’t playing, as he’s shown over the years at the Quicken Loans National, which he hosts.
This year, Woods will miss the trophy presentations at both of the PGA Tour events that benefit his foundation.
The Quicken Loans National is doing its best to press on without him, but the buzz surrounding the event – which this year comes to TPC Potomac for the first time – has faded.
“We all would love for him to be here, but at the end of the day, for him to put his foot down and go ahead and take care of himself and try to get better, that’s more important than playing golf or being here for a golf tournament,” Patrick Reed said.
With Woods as the host, a field limited to 120 players and a storied Washington-area venue in Congressional Country Club, the event seemed destined to become a standout on the PGA Tour.
He’s not here this week, instead opting to play the French Open at the course that will host next year’s Ryder Cup.
TPC Potomac, a PGA Tour-owned property across the street from Congressional, last hosted a tour event in 2006.
Following a major renovation and redesign from 2007-09, TPC Potomac has welcomed the PGA Tour Champions once and the Web.com Tour twice.