European Ryde Cup captain Paul McGinley, for whom Rory McIlroy will perform in October at Gleneagles, talked about the star of his team after McIlroy's win at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.
He told Irish Golf Desk he's excited about the way Rory is playing and even compared him to the Big Cat (Tiger Woods).
“We are seeing a more mature Rory. We are seeing a Rory who is able to dig when things aren't going well and still churn out a top-10 finish. He calls them backing into top 10s. I think they are wonderful performances, terrific performances when you don't seem to be on your game and you make some mistakes and finish in the top 10."
McIlroy erased that one bad round that had been keeping him from victory the last few months. And he closed like a champ.
"And then when you do hit top form like last week, you go on to win," said McGinley. "I think we are seeing a more mature Rory and certainly one for the better. And maybe a little into the Tigeresque way of consistency week after week after week, because he has done it this year."
At first glance the "Tigeresque" statement seems absurd, but it's not. McIlroy has one finish outside the top 10 on the PGA Tour this season (Cadillac Championship) and zero on the European Tour.
And for fun, here's a look at wins throughout their respective careers starting with two at age 20 (you can see how much Tiger took off in his mid-20s, McIlroy has some ground to make up):