As the amorphous year of 2009 begins to take shape, the PGA world is still in flux, mostly, if not totally due to the absence of poster boy Tiger Woods. For the past 10 years or so, the world has grown accustomed to seeing Tiger being awarded the tour trophy, jacket, or whatever the end prize is. Yet, in the few months that he's been sidelined with an ACL tear and the subsequent rehabilitation after surgery, no single golfer has been able to fill the large void Tiger has left. Which, in the end, is probably a good thing. With no titan dominating the course nearly every outing, matches are more competitive and often more engaging. So with his knee convalescence clipping along at a fair pace (he is now able to take practice swings with irons and woods), the active players still have a few more months of preparation for the return of Tiger. John Daly, on the other hand, may miss the welcoming party for Tiger, as he is still suspended for 6 months from the PGA, due to some controversial behavior. The first quater, third, or even half of the year should provide a nice glimpse of the emerging PGA talent then, while the second should be a showcase of a fully healed Tiger Woods. Either part you watch should be incredibly engaging. But to really understand the finer nuances of the game and the incredible talent of these pros, you may want to get 2009 golf tickets and see the tour live.