McIlroy: Game of golf as wide open as ever, waiting on new dominant player

Rory McIlroy says the PGA Tour needs a dominant player to emerge after Tiger Woods' latest injury.

McIlroy, speaking following his pro-am at the Houston Open on Wednesday, says he hasn't talked with Woods since news broke of Monday's back surgery that will keep him out of next week's visit to Augusta National.

The Northern Ireland golfer and former world No. 1 also said golf overall, not just next week's Masters, is seemingly as wide open as it's been during his time as a pro.

Australia's Steven Bowditch earned his first PGA Tour win at last week's Texas Open in San Antonio, becoming the tour's 17th different winner in its last 20 events — dating back to the beginning of this season at the Open.