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Golf Australia Express : August 2014
Woods has won 105 tournaments worldwide; McIlroy has won 13. The veteran has 14 majors to his name; McIlroy three. Need we go on? It’s hardly worth debating until McIlroy gets at least halfway to 14. A prickly Woods himself isn’t having a bar of it, suggesting (none too subtly) that he’s been way too consistent for McIlroy to even be talked about in the same breath. “Well, as you can see, the way he plays is pretty aggressively. When he gets it going, he gets it going. When it gets going bad, it gets going real bad. It’s one or the other,” Woods said. “If you look at his results, he’s kind of that way. Very similar to what Phil does. He has his hot weeks, and he has his weeks where he’s off. And that’s just the nature of how he plays the game – it’s no right way or wrong way.” You get more than a strong sense that for Woods, the wrong way comes with an Irish accent. McIlroy has tempered his outlook on Woods in recent months, after earlier in his career nominating the then world No.1 as someone he could knock off. Instead he now addresses questions on the subject with the kind reverence other players give the injured champ, even if he doesn’t believe his own talk. “Is it foolish for people to write him off? I would say so. If he’s playing and he’s competing, he’s got as "THE WAY [RORY] PLAYS IS PRETTY AGGRESSIVELY. WHEN HE GETS IT GOING, HE GETS IT GOING. WHEN IT GETS GOING BAD, IT GETS GOING REAL BAD. IT’S ONE OR THE OTHER."