If there was an election to vote on a president for the Tiger Woods fan club, Rory McIlroy would be at the forefront. The Irishman has followed Woods’ career religiously since he was a small boy. The achievements in Woods’ golf career have set a benchmark for McIlroy and other young players like himself.
Like the rest of the world, McIlroy probably dreaded hearing Woods say that he was unsure of a comeback in this point in his career. McIlroy has spent a lot of time with Woods both on and off the course. It would be like saying goodbye to an old friend who not only was his inspiration but also his foe on the course.
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“I’ve spent a bit of time with him over the last few months,” McIlroy said. “And he’s waiting on his doctors to tell him when he can do things again. He’s taking their advice and isn’t being quite as stubborn as he was back in the day.”
Maybe the 28-year-old has sensed this feeling of apprehension from Woods also. The lack of urgency is something we see from athletes when they are inching closer to retirement.
Even if Woods were to retire tomorrow, McIlroy doesn’t believe that the 14-time major champion has anything left to prove in his career.
“If he doesn’t play again he is still the greatest player I have ever seen,” McIlroy said. “He probably played the greatest golf that anyone in my lifetime has seen. I never really saw Jack Nicklaus play. He has a better record. But I don’t know if he played better golf. So if this is it, Tiger doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone. Not to me. Not to us. Not to himself.”
McIlroy took it a step further and added that Woods eventually saved golf when it was in a lull during the late 1980’s into the early 1990’s.
“He made golf cool back in the ’90s when it really needed an injection of something,” McIlroy added. “He’s a legend of the game, and if this is it we should all just applaud what a great career he has had.”
The 4-time major champion isn’t off his rocker by saying Tiger Woods saved golf. He not only injected life in the early 1990’s but a butterfly effect has taken place as we see the children who grew up watching Woods start to dominate the game themselves.
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When Woods inevitably retires and reaches the golf Hall of Fame you can bet that McIlroy will be in attendance for yet another historic event in Tiger’s career.