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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

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:35 am

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Rory's timing into the PGA tour has been perfect as Tiger and Phil have had issues with their game.  Rory has gotten a lot of credit for not proving too much.  He hasn't won a major yet (not even close), and in the Ryder Cup he choked on an early match but was saved by his partner.  I want to see Rory prove himself on a back nine gut check at a major, head to head with a Tiger, Phil, Furyk, Mahan, Stricker, etc.  He's good at finishing in the top 25, putzin around on Sunday knowing he has no chance to win the tournament but can collect a fat paycheck.  Prove it on the course Rory vs. talking behind a microphone.

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:50 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

I hate tiger,but he and phil both have many more years in golf,and the little punk mcilroy has won nothing this far.He is all talk but never delivers.When you start winning some events then maybe you can pop off

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:42 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Hey Mcllroy, you advanced to the next round good job!
You Euros won the Ryder Cup Great job!
But I agree you don't have one major not one, show Tiger and Phil a little respect!
The only young gun who can really talk is Martin Kaymer, PGA winner!
I agree, you guys arn't intimidated by Tiger any more and are playing better, but until you win at least one major show Tiger some respecton on the golf course!!!   

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:13 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

We'll see over time if McIlroy's game goes into a slump and if it does, will he have the same record that Tiger did when his hit? Not likely. And that's no shatty.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:12 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

I'll show as much respect for Woody, I mean Woods, as much as he showed to his wife all those years-----none...He's a scmuck...You guys keep living in the past with Woods, just like some kept living in the past with Jack...

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:48 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Keep poking the Tiger... Give him some more motivation. Good idea McIroy. When he wins at Augusta we'll see what this punk has to say.

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 7:40 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

Rory McIlroy is a punk and needs to show respect to other players. Say what you want about Tiger Woods but he never bad mouthed any other golfers. Win some majors Rory before you open your mouth and don't tempt the American public . If we don't like you you will win fewer majors. Just ask Monty,Sergio,Westwood and others.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 7:34 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

McIlroy is a punk.  Clearly, Tiger's game isn't what it was, but the guy's record speaks for itself.  Show a little respect for what he's done and keep your mouth shut about his game.  You want to talk trash about your game, go ahead and set yourself up for the fall.  To deride him when he's not playing well is chicken-sh**.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 7:15 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

i dunno there rock - didn't el tigre just lose? 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 7:00 pm

McIlroy on slumping Tiger and Generation Next

we all pause to listen to great and wise rory.   really does anyone care?

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