Instead, the pomp and pageantry surrounding the world's biggest golf tournament continued with a flourish, and - apart from Woods's - all eyes were on the glamorous wives and girlfriends of the European and American competitors.
Admiring glances: Tiger wasn't the only one watching Katherine as she sang to the crowd at Celtic Manor in Newport
One in particular stood head-and-shoulders above the rest - quite literally - as Angie Watson, wife of US Ryder Cup plater Bubba, joined her fellow WAGs at today's opening ceremony.
The former basketball player, who stands at 6ft 4ins, towered over the ladies as they walked out side by side.
Leading the American ladies, who were dressed in black trousers and stylish red macs, was Lisa Pavin, wife of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey, and was closely followed by former cheerleader Kandi Harris, Hunter Mahan's fiancee, and then Watson.
Next to them were the European birdies, who were all dresed in white, some with royal blue scarves round their next, and some waving the Flag of Europe.
Flying the flag: Angie Watson (third from front in red) towers above her fellow Ryder Cup WAGs as they step out at today's opening ceremony
United: Flashing beaming smiles, the golfers' other halves enter the opening ceremony
The girls are all white: The European team WAGs smile and wave their Flags of Europe as they go to take their seats
Standing tall: Angie Watson has the best view in the house as she and the other US team WAGs watch the opening
The ladies have been the centre of attention since the all jetted into Wales on Monday for the tournament, which takes place every two years.
This is the first time that it has been played on these green lands, although not a single game has been started yet.
Yesterday was all about greeting the teams to the course, with Jenkins, wh performed at the Millennium Stadium last night, kicking off proceedings with a rousing rendition of the Welsh national anthem.
Here come the boys: Captain Corey Pavin leads out his US team
Ready for the off: The pairings for tomorrow's opening day are announced
Corey Pavin then gave a speech in which he paid tribute to European team member Colin Montgomerie.
The US teams then stood for the American national anthem, Star Spangled Banner, while the European team got out their seats for the Anthem of Europe.
The opening pairings were then announced for tomorrow morning as the tournament finally tees off after two days of build-up which has included a formal dinner with Prince Charles and a Welcome To Wales concert at the Millennium Stadium.
But they're off to a soggy start...
After all the excitement of the Ryder Cup build-up, there was a horrible anti-climax this morning as play had to be suspended at Celtic Manor.
The first group of fourballs, which included English hope Lee Westwood and German Martin Kaymer, reached only the fifth hole before the match was halted because of rain.
Tiger Woods, playing in the third group, got as far as the third hole but organisers already fear the torrent of rain might force play to be extended into Monday.
The Ryder Cup schedule is tight, with foursomes scheduled for this afternoon and another round of fourballs and foursomes tomorrow before the singles matches involving all the 12 players on Sunday.
Deluge: Tiger Woods looks out mournfully from beneath an umbrella as the morning fourball matches are hit by rain
Squelch: A team of greenkeepers remove excess water after heavy rainfall on the fourth hole on Day One of the Ryder Cup
Europe are 8/13 favourites to win back the trophy they lost at Valhalla two years ago and stormed into an early lead thanks to Colin Montgomerie's early heavyweights.
Westwood and Kaymer raced into an early lead against veteran Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, as did the Northern Irish pair of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy against British Open winner Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar.
Ian Poulter, who once said he was better than Tiger Woods, is playing with rookie Ross Fisher against Tiger and Steve Stricker.
Early pacesetter: Europe's Graeme McDowell celebrates going one up in the fourth in the rain
And the fourth pairing sheltering under the umbrellas are Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington, who are taking on USA newcomers Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson.
From the moment Celtic Manor, near Newport, was awarded the competition, experts suggested the weather conditions would suit the home side.
The forecast is for continuing showers today, dryer weather tomorrow but more rain on Sunday.
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