PGA Head: We'll Be "Healthy" Without Tiger

This is a June 16, 2008, file photo showing Tiger Woods kissing the championship trophy after winning the US Open, against Rocco Mediate, left, after a sudden death hole following an 18-hole playoff round at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in San Diego. "I don't know of anyone who has been at the pinnacle consistently over 10 years _ in his case, more than 10 years," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. Such dominance is what makes Woods a candidate for The Associated Press' Athlete of the Decade. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
AP Photo/Chris Carlson
PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem told CBS News Thursday that he supports Tiger Woods' decision to take a break from the PGA.

"If he's out for an extended period of time, we're going to have a solid year," Finchem said. "We're going to have a solid year. It's going to allow other players to become stars, so we're really healthy, and we're going to be healthy."

But, he added, "there's no question we're going to miss the presence of the number one athlete on the globe." "Tiger spikes the ratings when he plays."

About Tiger's troubles , Finchem said, "he's gotta deal with these issues effectively - and then deal with the fans."

"I want him back. Don't get me wrong, don't want to sugarcoat this, I want him back, we all want him back. He makes our sport healtheir, he makes our sport grow," Finchem told CBS News. "But as he's out, we'll be healthy."

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