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Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 3:03 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. -- If you’ve ever been to the U.K. and dined in a restaurant – and lived to talk about it – you probably noticed a vaguely labeled, mysterious bottle parked near the salt and pepper shakers.

It’s something called Brown Sauce, and the Brits use it liberally to cover up the occasional shortcomings of their food selections.

Effective Wednesday, world No. 1 Luke Donald was sprinkling it on his transcript from the Dubai World Championship and being asked to eat his words.

Locked in a duel for the European Tour money title with world No. 2 Rory McIlroy, Donald said the young Northern Irishman, 22, was more talented than any player he had ever seen. It took, oh, about 10 seconds for those comments to go viral, prompting a barrage of incredulous attacks on Donald – who turned 34 on Wednesday – via his Twitter account.

Donald felt compelled to explain himself, too. First, here's what he said in his interview session on the eve of the European Tour's richest event and season finale.

"I’ve always said that of the guys I've played with, Rory has the most talent," he said. "I see him winning lots of tournaments and lots of majors."

That list of pairing partners would include Woods.

"I believe so, yeah, just in a pure talent," Donald said. "I know Tiger is very, very close and obviously I think Tiger's work ethic has always been tremendous, and his mindset, as well. I think his mindset is what has separated himself from the field when he was really at the top of the game. 

"But in terms of talent, I think Rory has more talent."

Woods, 35, has 71 career victories on the PGA Tour alone. Last weekend, McIlroy won his fourth worldwide title in Hong Kong.

"Rory showed the world how great he can be when he won the U.S. Open," Donald said. "That was an unbelievable way to play in a major event and finish it off like he did. He's young and has a great future ahead of him."

Woods has a more uncertain trajectory, to be sure, but Donald was carved up pretty good and spent some time Wednesday night trying to explain himself on Twitter. In reverse chronological order, so that the Tweets make more sense in written form, Donald defended his statements as some in the Twitter universe came at him with pitchforks in hand.

“A few people aren't understanding what I meant," he wrote. "The word talent and Rory to me means a free flowing swing who makes everything look so easy.

“TW has always been the best at getting the ball in the hole when it mattered the most. That's not just talent [that's] something else too....

“Talent can only take you so far, you need the right attitude (mindset) and application to perform at the highest level....

“… never try to disrespect Tiger in any way. He is still the greatest player I have played with.”

So, if we're splitting hairs correctly, Woods is the greatest because of his mental toughness, but Rory is the most inherently talented and physically gifted.

Truth be told, no matter how Donald’s opinion is parsed, he’s hardly the first guy who has taken a stance on Woods lately, joining Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Steve Williams and others who have offered less-than-glowing predictions about the former world No. 1’s future.


Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:13 pm

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Well, at least he has your vote, eh? I wouldn't put him in the top 20. Opinions...we all know what they are worth don't we?

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:28 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:56 pm

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Who the h.e.l.l. is luke donald?

He's currently the best golfer on the planet. Hope this helps!

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:09 pm

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Who the h.e.l.l. is luke donald?  Just another rightwing racist like Azinger, Faldo, Norman, Feherty and Williams. Anyone doubting Tiger's return to #1 is a fool! Tiger will prove he is "DA MAN" again this year! luke and rory will be on the S.E. Asia tour in a year or two.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:43 pm

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Rory wasn't married mate - longterm girlfriend, broke it off hooked up with tennis player and now Ex is bad mouthing him to the gutter press (probably for a fee).

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:17 pm

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

green fingers - Why do you continue to talk wins? This is not a 'wins' issue. It's about one man's opinion about the amount of talent two other golfers have. Donald thinks Rory has more talent than Tiger, get over it. You need to understand the word talent, it means a natural ability/skill. We can't say with certainty one way or the other who has more talent, it can only be a matter of opinion. It isn't measurable! Comparing wins is meaningless.

Perhaps it was a silly thing for Donald to have said, I'm sure he wishes he hadn't.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:32 am

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Maybe TIGER will get with Rory's ex wife and really send Rory into mental

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:30 am

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Say what you want to about TIGER and his transgression with other appears that Rory is about to head down the same road...married then broke it off to start dating a tennis star of sorts...

But he had already cheated on his wife with the woman and decided before he got caugh he would break  it late she knew, she was waiting fo ryuo to say something...

Let's see how the media spins thai and make Rory out to be a great guy and not a womanizer....

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:01 am

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

When all said and done, McIlroy, Donald and every current player on the European tour combined won't have won as many as Tiger.  Let's admit reality and call it as it should be called.  Lots of talented golfers, but the vast majority don't win more than 10 times in their entire career.  There are several exceptions, like Mickelson, but he still has only 1/2 as many wins as Tiger overall and 1/3 as many majors.  The fact is that Tiger is 36 and there are only 2 players in history who have won more, Jack and Snead, and Tiger is very close to them.   It's just silly to compare talent, or winning, of any current players with Tiger.  The truth is, there is no comparison.   

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:13 am

Luke takes heat: 'Rory more talented than Tiger'

Luke's comments had nothing to do with how much Rory has accomplished or how much Luke expects Rory to accomplish throughout his career.  He was just commenting that he believes Rory was born with more natural ability than any golfer he has ever played with.

It's funny, all the posters jumping on Luke because he will never accomplish as much in golf as Tiger has . . . to each of you I say, You will never accomplish as much in golf as Luke Donald has and will.  The legs of the lame are surely unequal.

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