'No green jacket for you', a teasing Woods tells McIlroy

Tiger Woods of the U.S. and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walk to the 8th tee during the first round of the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai January 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Tiger Woods of the U.S. and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stroll to the Eighth tee all through the first spherical of the 2014 Omega Dubai Wasteland Traditional in Dubai January 30, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Caren Firouz

(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy, the most up to date golfer on the earth, just isn’t enthusiastic about taking the torch from Tiger Woods as the sport’s next dominant participant, but the straightforward-going Northern Irishman says he has already sparred with Woods over a potential competition.

McIlroy, winner of the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship in his ultimate three starts, spent a day earlier this week with fellow Nike spokesman Woods within the big apple area.

The due had been promoting some new irons and in addition regarded on a late-night time talk express in advance of The Barclays, which opens the FedExCup playoffs starting on Thursday.

“It used to be good to catch up with him. I Have Never actually viewed him a lot for a couple of months really,” world primary McIlroy said on Wednesday about Woods, who has shut down his golf recreation after continued hassle along with his again following surgical procedure this year.

“It was good fun. It was a just right day.”

McIlroy grew up idolising Woods, as did so most of the young golfers now on tour who watched the American amass 14 majors, and he feels it may be untimely to jot down Woods off, regardless of his main title drought courting back to the 2008 U.S. Open.

“I Know that he’s working his butt off to get back right here and get back to where he wants to be,” stated the 25-year-outdated McIlroy, who is a Masters title far from achieving a career grand slam.

“We pointed out just a few issues and he is telling me like, ‘I’m now not going to allow you to win a inexperienced jacket next 12 months,’ … as a result of he is super COMPETITIVE,” introduced McIlroy, who fell in at the back of Jack Nicklaus and Woods after his PGA triumph at Valhalla as the youngest participant to have captured 4 main titles.


McIlroy mentioned he shares the EXTREMELY-competitiveness of Woods, although he restricts it to golf and prefers to maintain a composed demeanor.

“I would possibly now not seem it However I Am the exact same method. I’ve bought an awfully COMPETITIVE spirit However It Will simplest be on a golf route. Like I’ll assist you to win in a sport of pool. I Don’t care about that,” he stated.

“However golf, It Is my thing to be COMPETITIVE at and It’s my factor to reach, so after all I Am truly COMPETITIVE and despite the fact that it doesn’t seem it, on the inside I Am seeking to beat these guys to demise on the path.

“Tiger has simply acquired a more COMPETITIVE spirit, period. Like he’ll want to beat you at playing cards. He’ll need to beat you at the rest you might be enjoying him in opposition to.

“I’m a bit of bit completely different in that method in that golf is my car to be COMPETITIVE in something in existence, and that’s why I form of put everything into that.”

McIlroy stated he used to be prepared to offer his all in a push for the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus prize to the factors chief after the Sep. Eleven-14 Tour Championship, the fourth and remaining event of the collection.

“It Might simply be in point of fact fulfilling to know that I completed the season off smartly and the way in which that it should be completed off,” he said.

Ridgewood United States Membership, an A.W. Tillinghast design, must present a helpful check in launching the playoffs, profitable praise from many within the 122-player box as a Classic, tree-lined, closely-bunkered parkland route with U.S. Open-model rough.

“It Can Be an excellent golf course,” said PGA Tour veteran Jim Furyk, who went on to win the 2010 FedExCup sequence regardless of being disqualified from The Barclays at Ridgewood for failing to make his professional-am tee time the day prior to the first spherical.

“I Believe It Can Be the best of the 4 we play,” he introduced, ranking it ahead of Bethpage Black, Liberty National and Plainfield.

The Top 100 avid gamers on the points listing boost to next week’s Deutsche Financial Institution Championship, with the prime 70 players qualifying for the BMW Championship which sends 30 avid gamers to the Tour Championship finale.

(Editing via Mark Lamport-Stokes)

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