I'm a numbers guy, so personally, I like looking at the world rankings. Players can say what they want, but they all want to be number one. And Adam Scott admitted as much earlier this week after becoming number one.
Does it matter without Tiger?? Of course. It's ridiculous to think it wouldn't. Injuries are part of life and part of sports. Think of all the players in all of the sports who were limited by injuries. Think about the guys who would be hall of famers if not for their bodies breaking down. It's part of the equation. Right now Tiger is hurt and out. So he is no longer the number one player in the world. You can't diminish what Scott has done over the last few years just because someone else is hurt.