"It's only been a few years, so let's give it time and see how it pans out"
By mustang6560 on 1/15/13
Following the official announcement that Rory McIlroy was joining Tiger Woods as a Nike Golf player, the current world number two was asked if the next great rivalry in golf was here as the two most popular golfers are now under one corporate umbrella.
"It would be very similar to saying that I had a rivalry with Phil (Mickelson) two years into my career. That wasn't the case. It takes time," Woods said. "We haven't really had the amount of matches that are head-to-head duels that I've had with Phil and Vijay (Singh) and Ernie (Els). It's only been a few years, so let's give it time and see how it pans out."
I wonder why Tiger dismissed his budding rivalry with Rory so quickly? I'm not sure if he was trying to build Rory up or trying to bring him down.

On one hand, dismissing Rory may motivate the Ulsterman to continue to get better, which would help develop the rivalry. But, on the other hand, dismissing him may be Tiger's way of letting us know that he's not ready to pass the torch on to the next generation. Either way, Rory is Tiger's next great rival regardless of whether or not he wants to admit accept it.

As golf fans, we can only hope that Tiger stays healthy over the next few years and that Rory continues to get better. The idea of Rory and Tiger battling head-to-head on the back nine Sunday at The Masters or the U.S. Open makes me wish it was April all ready!


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joe jones says:
If you read his statement there is not one single thing in it that isn't the truth. Don't bend his words or take them out of context. Why don't we see what happens first. I would prefer that there is a real feeling of friendship developing between them. I may be wrong but give both of them the benefit of the doubt. I think Rory is bright enough to smell out an ulterior motive on Tiger's part and right now he seems to be all for the association.Hopefully I'm not proven wrong.
1/15/13
 
joe jones says:
By the way. This is similar to Nicklaus and Palmer's beginning. They were not friends in the beginning but because Arnie was gracious and got Jack to join Mark McCormack's firm the business arrangement blossomed into a firm long lasting friendship. The age difference is not that much different now even tho the personalities are.
1/15/13
 
mustang6560 says:
I wasn't trying to imply that Tiger doesn't respect Rory. He does and he's been very clear about that. But it seems a little odd to me that he doesn't think a rivalry exists simply because Rory is relatively new. At one point can we consider them rivals (which doesn't imply they that have to dislike each other)?
1/15/13
 
GolfSmith7 says:
I listened to the press conference and I think Tigers statement was right on. They aren't rival's because they haven't gone head to head in a major till then its an intriguing friendship, that all.
1/15/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Nathan has a point, given that they've already done one made-for-TV head-to-head battle - "Duel at Jinsha Lake" ( www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/waste-a-day+vi

Too bad almost nobody saw it because it was on pay-per-view at 3:00 a.m. (THAT must have been Norman Green's idea, since it was so poorly executed.)
1/15/13
 
mustang6560 says:
How many times has Tiger gone head-to-head with Phil, Vijay, and Ernie in a major? I don't know the answer to that question but I'm willing to bet it hasn't happened very much.
1/15/13
 
mmontisano says:
Tiger in that interview said that he considers Els and Vijay to have been his biggest rivals so far because he's gone head-to-head against them the most.
1/16/13
 
mustang6560 says:
Well the two are paired together in Abu Dhabi so we'll get to see them go head-to-head for two rounds (and maybe more) starting tonight.
1/16/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Yeah, that's right. Me and Tiger are both tired of all this hype and yammering. You see, people like Tiger (and myself of course) take a broader view of things. While the shortsighted media are busy hyper-focusing on whatever is the tidbit of the day, or the week, we know that golf greatness is measured over years and decades.
1/16/13
 
Kurt the Knife says:
what rivalry?
1/16/13
 
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