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McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 6:06 pm
 

MARANA, Ariz. -- There's been plenty of talk over the past year about how Tiger Woods has lost much of his aura, about how the younger players aren't nearly as cowed, much less intimidated.

The first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship reaffirmed that notion, in words if not in actions.

After he won his opening round, world No. 7 Rory McIlroy was in the middle of a discussion about the youth movement -- even at 21, there are three players younger than McIlroy in the 64-man field -- when the delicate question was posed about whether the game is in transition.

Woods is 35, while Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, the three other Americans flitting around the world top 10 for the past few seasons, all are north of 40. 

McIlroy sensed that he was about to walk on eggshells -- if not landmines -- and chose his words very, very carefully.

But then he went there, anyway.

"I definitely think there's an opportunity for the younger guys to come and show what they've got on tour," McIlroy said. "I mean, regardless of [whether] Tiger or Phil or Steve Stricker or Jim Furyk are coming towards the end of their careers, I think the young guys are good enough to compete with them."

Then it got interesting, if not a little amusing. McIlroy paused several times in an attempt to be deferential, then laid it out there on the table, anyway. That's right, he said it.

"I mean, I don't think Tiger and Phil have gotten any ...," he said, pausing and generating snickers. "I don't think Phil has gotten any worse. I mean, Tiger isn't as dominant as he used to be, and Phil, I mean Phil won the Masters last year.

"They're great players and they're going to continue to be great players until their mid 40s. I think it's just, I think it's a good opportunity for guys, the younger generation to come through and show what they have."

And before everybody buries the kid for popping off, ask yourself this -- it's an honest answer and he's not exactly wrong, is he?

Last year, McIlroy created a brief stir when he said he wanted to face Woods at the Ryder Cup, and so would each of his teammates, because Woods was in the midst of a particularly poor stretch of play. He had a valid point, though it was viewed at the time as something akin to heresy, given the kid gloves with which Woods has long been handled.

Guess what? The gloves these kids are wearing feel a lot more like bare knuckles.

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:36 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Sure, Rory is a major young threat and a great golfer at a young age, sure. His body is most likely still growing and hardening. Tiger has changed his swing because he needed to - his old style was too hard on his body. I'm thinking that these are changes he needs and wants to make so that he can emerge on the other side as a more durable and reliable golfer. Let's not forget that, so far, he is  the greatest golfer to have played the game. I really feel that he will prevail on Jack's record. Maybe he will, maybe he won't. Nevertheless, he has proven himself already to be one of the greatest players of the game. 




Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:34 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

to "gocrazyfolks":

I know who mcilroy is...i was being facitious. and you know who he is too:  the most over-rated golfer in the world!! haha. getting thumped by ben crane.

i don't care about tiger, just like i don't care about vj or els or goosen or phil.

mcilroy will have as many majors at age 30 as sergio has.....zip, zero, nada.  i take that back...he probably will win a handful of british opens, but that's about it.

my point is that the overall quality of golfers from around the world will dictate that no one will dominate the golf scene/the major scene over the next 10 years. over the next 40 majors, a singular golfer will be lucky to win 3 or 4. there might be 3-4 guys won will 3-4 majors out of the next 40.

mcilroy should keep his mouth shut until he actually wins 3-4 tourneys...or an event of some importance. what did he win the the european tour.....the irish malt liquor open??? maybe he and you should get all liqoured up before YOU hit the crack pipe....you crack ass!!!!!

he's a punk...like you!!



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:01 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Your "stud" just got waxed 8 and 7.  Maybe the kid will turn out to be great, but he's got alot to learn.  You don't thrash the great players before you - it's classless.  Even if Tiger never wins again, Rory will be lucky to have a career half as successful.  He needs to shut up and practice - Ben Crane just hammered the piss out of him.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:13 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Who the heck is Rory McIIroy and what has he won? He won't win more than 5 majors by the time his career is over. I'm not saying winning 5 majors isn't a great accomplishment, but what has he won now??









First of all if you don't know who Rory is then you are not a fan of golf. The dude is a STUD!!! Period

And..... If you think he will finish his career with 5 or less majors you are smoking crack! He will hit that mark easily before the age of 30.

Lay off the crack hater!

You're probably some Tiger fanatic just like my dumbass brother who thinks Tiger is a machine and rides his nuts!

I made a bet with my brother last year that Tiger wouldn't win 2 majors last year. Easiest $100 I ever made. He is blinded by the Tiger hooplah and thinks Tiger will make his comeback any day now.

Get over it! Tiger is done! He is a mental headcase now and anyone who plays knows if your head isn't in the game.... YOU'RE DONE!!!!

TIGER will be LUCKY to finish HIS CAREER with 5 more majors!

Take that to the bank shyt for brains!

The yonger genaration is taking over. Look out for Rory, A. K., and Fowler!



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:55 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

7 down after 10 - kick his arse Crane!!!  Tough playing golf with your foot in your mouth, eh Rory?




Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:26 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

so much for rory spouting off,he is getting whipped right now 6 down after 9 holes.loser



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:58 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Who the heck is Rory McIIroy and what has he won? He won't win more than 5 majors by the time his career is over. I'm not saying winning 5 majors isn't a great accomplishment, but what has he won now??

Same with Fowler...what has he won now? Why is Rory's opinion any more valuable than Montessaro or Ishikawa or anyone else? It's not just Tiger and Phil and Furyk and Stricker the younger guys are competing against. How about Westwood, Casey, Poulter, Quiros, D Johnson, Mahan, Whatney, O'Hair, Ogilvy, Ousthuizen, Fisher, Harrington, Molinari bros, Kaymer, McDowell, Glover. How many more names do you want?

I'm sick of hearing about McIllroy & Fowler...what have they won?? What will they win?? Who knows? How many regular tourneys, majors, WGC's will they win? McIIroy isn't even a regular PGA tour player, so who cares what he thinks or says.

If McIIroy or Fowler ever get to 3 majors, then they can open their big, fat mouths.

None of these young guys will ever win or dominate like Tiger did. Tiger's better days appear to be behind him. So what. Does the fact he's stuggling now diminish what he accomplished. I don't think so.

McIIroy's got 56 majors until he's 35. We'll see how many he wins. Fowler has, what, 60 majors until he's 35. We'll see how many he wins. And how many WGC's they win and how many FedEx cups and Order of Merits, and Race to Dubai they win. And how about money leaders or Vardon's or player of the year awards. We will see.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:52 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

If the statement he is making accurate, how is it trash talking? His comments certainly did not smell of smack. At some point in time people are going to have to realize that Tiger is likely past his point of dominance.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:41 pm
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Rory McIlroy has no business talking trash.  Sure you can do it, but you haven't proven a thing.  You called out Tiger Woods before the Ryder Cup and Woods answered by playing well and winning three of the four sessions he competed in while McIlroy won in just a single session.  I hope that a face donor comes along sometimes, because with a mug as ugly as McIlroys he could really use a transplant.  Hush child...



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:05 am
 

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

It is great to finally hear some player say what is really on his mind.  I hope Tiger comes back and plays well this year, but it is looking doubtful.  Remember, he supposedly had a major epiphany with his swing this week.  It must have been how to avoid those awful green strips in the desert with your drives.


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