Tiger Woods: Views from the golf course

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Tiger Woods, who suffered facial cuts and briefly lost consciousness after crashing his SUV outside his Florida home on Friday, is not playing in this week's Chevron World Challenge.

Some of the players in the elite field of 18 at Sherwood Country Club have been speaking about the conspicuous absence of the world number one from the charity event which he has hosted for the last nine years:

* British Open champion Stewart Cink, who won his only major title by beating Tom Watson in a four-hole playoff at Turnberry in July: "I know the fans were excited about Tiger playing and with him not being here that's unfortunate for them. And I'm disappointed not to be able to play against him. He is the measuring stick and, whether he plays great or not, you're always conscious of where he is in the field."

* German world number 12 Martin Kaymer, who will be making his first appearance at Sherwood this week: "Everybody was hoping to see him here this week so it's a shame. But there are 18 other great players here and I think it's going to be a very exciting tournament, even without Tiger Woods. We just have to accept what is going on and he has to deal with it. It's his business and not our business."

* British world number four Lee Westwood, who clinched his second European Tour order or merit crown by winning the season-ending Dubai World Championship last month: "Any event with Tiger Woods in the field means that little bit more. But what can you do? You can only play against the field that is put in front of you. Tournament wins are very hard to come by now no matter who's playing, so to win this week would still be very, very special."

* Three-times major winner Padraig Harrington, who clinched the 2002 Chevron World Challenge: "Tiger Woods is the biggest star in the game. It's his event and he's going to be missed. We'd all like to be out here beating him this week, but we don't get that chance."

* American Lucas Glover, who claimed his first major title with a two-stroke victory in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in June: "It's a personal issue for Tiger and it needs to be resolved the way he sees fit. And I'm fine with that. It's his deal and I'm just thankful to be here playing."