Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods talk shop in join interview
By mustang6560 on 11/9/12
If you're tired of reading about Rory McIlroy and/or Tiger Woods, then you should click here to go back to the oobgolf Clubhouse. But if you want to see current number one and former world number one do a joint interview with CNN, then by all means continue reading. I found the interview to be interesting for two reasons: 1) it seems to prove the two genuinely like each other, and 2) it appears Tiger has accepted the role of Rory's mentor.

We've talked before about how they appear to like each other but after watching their interview with Shane O'Donoghue it's easy to see they really do enjoy each other's company (it's cute, isn't it?). I think part of the reason Tiger likes Rory is because Rory grew up idealizing Tiger and he likes knowing that.

Tiger was criticized following the Ryder Cup loss for not stepping up and mentoring the younger players. I can't say if he did or did not help the rookies enough, however, Tiger seems willing and able to help mold Rory into his heir apparent. Tiger wants to beat Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships but he knows full well he may not hold the record for long. So instead of trying block Rory, he wants to help him so if Rory does eventually get to 18+ majors, Tiger can stand there and share some of the credit.

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[ comments ]
GolfSmith7 says:
I think its good for the game, its good for Rory to learn from tiger about expanding his brand and its great for Tiger to have not only a ultimate goal of passing Jack but a contemporary to fuel the fire.
legitimatebeef says:
Hehe, idealizing.
mmontisano says:
the chuckle they both gave when asked the Faldo question shows they're friends. but they both know that when it comes to competition time, their friendship is null in void. at least Rory said he learned that during the tournament in Turkey, when he saw Woods on the range at 6:30 am, warming up for their 12:30 tee time.
DougE says:
Thanks for posting that. Really enjoyed it. Their friendship will be great for the game on many levels, in my opinion.
Matt McGee says:
Beef +1.
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