April 9, 2014 1:51 PM

Without Tiger Woods, this is a Masters like no other

As Rory McIlroy returned down Magnolia Lane this week in the days before the 78th Masters, he felt another perceptible pang on the grounds of Augusta National. Golf’s most famous alpha dog was back home, missing the tournament because of a back injury. And when one Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is absent from Augusta for the first time since 1994, the whole sport can feel at a crossroads.

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