With his return to action at the WGC-Mexico Championship, Rory McIlroy is back in the interview room. One of golf’s most candid and insightful interviews, McIlroy didn’t take long to offer some morsels of interest.
Speaking of morsels, it seems Rors ingested a few while having lunch with the ailing Tiger Woods last week.
Talking about Tiger, he offered the perspective Woods himself has echoed in recent years: Accepting the limitations of his body is key to the possibility of future golf.
“He struggled with his body over the past couple years and it’s unfortunate because it just won’t allow him to do what he wants to do. It’s tough, but I know that he’s working hard to try and get back.”
Rory also floated an interesting take on how much golf we could expect from TW if he makes a “full return” to the tour.
“However long it is that it takes him to be healthy enough to get out here and play, even if he plays eight to 10 times a year, that’s a bonus for all of us. It’s a bonus for golf in general just to have him involved, show up, play the majors, play some of the other events that he likes and that he feels that he can compete at.”
Tiger Woods, now 41, has returned to the DL for a period of time and his return is still up in the air. He withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic last month with what is officially being called back spasms. The spasms were severe and persistent enough that he was unable to appear at a Genesis Open press conference two weeks ago.
It’s impossible to imagine what the past couple of years sitting on the bench have been like for Woods as he makes peace with the likelihood he’ll never break Jack Nicklaus’ record…and may never even play well again.
Still, it’s odd for us as fans to hear McIlroy say this about Woods:
“He’s got other things in his life that he’s interested in and it’s not as if it’s just golf.”
While you wish T-Dubbs all the success in the world with TGR Ventures, the reality that it’s about more than “just golf” for him is just another reminder that the Tiger Woods of 2001 (or even 2013) has disappeared into the jungle.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2017