Call: +353 1 5313 313

For a Free Call Back Email Us

Latest News

Latest News

Rory talks about ultra-competitive Tiger

Plenty of behind the scenes banter between the pair

Many might believe the Tiger Woods era is over and Rory McIlroy has inherited the torch but the Holywood star  insists he's not anyone's successor and has heard first hand that Woods is stubbornly refusing to wave the white flag.

At least that was the takeaway from an excellent McIlroy media conference ahead of The Barclays, where world No 1 and four-time major winner McIlroy will be aiming to do justice to his current run of incredible form and win for the fourth start in a row.

In a revealing interview, McIlroy explained that there was plenty of behind the scenes banter with the ultra-competitive Woods, who appears to have no intention of letting the McIlroy dominate at will from now on.

While he spoke in the past tense about Woods "dominance" on the Tonight Show on Monday and said that "he [Woods] thinks he's still got a lot of his best golf left in him," McIlroy was informed by Woods during their day together that he's not going to complete the career grand Slam at Augusta National and win the green jacket next year.

"He's telling me, 'I'm not going to let you win a green jacket next year', because he's super competitive," McIlroy said of his chats with Woods.

The bad news for Woods is that McIlroy has no plans to give up winning.

"I'll let you win at a game of pool, I don't care about that but golf is my thing to be competitive at, it's my thing to succeed in and of course, I am really competitive. Even if it doesn't look it, on the inside, I am trying to beat those guys to death on the course.

"Tiger has just got a more competitive spirit, period. He'll want to beat you at cards, he'll want to beat you at anything you are playing him. I am a little different that way. Golf is my vehicle to be competitive in something in life and that's why I've put everything into that."

McIlroy's win in the US PGA has been hailed as a watershed in the history of the game — the end of the Tiger Era and the Start of Rory's Reign.

But McIlroy, cleverly passing that unwanted burden along the line, is still to his one-win-at-a-time mantra and refusing to set himself up as the Second Coming.

Asked if he was now comfortable that "the torch has been passed from Tiger to you", McIlroy said:

"I am not comfortable because I know he is working his butt off to get back to where he... wants to be. I am just going to keep playing my golf and play as good as I can and I'll see where that takes me.
"I don't think any torch has been passed and I don't think any torch will ever be passed because I never think of myself in that way. I never see myself like that. I see myself as a golfer on the PGA Tour that wants to win tournaments and wants to be the best that he can be. I don't see the need for me to carry any sort of torch. I just want to win golf tournaments."


Top 100

Ireland's Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses – What are the best courses to play?' more


to our newsletter

Get latest updates, offers and more

Why choose


Goodie bags, Prizes, 24 helpline, Apres Golf, Daily Contact, Meet and Greet. more

Thank you for taking us to Ireland. Words cannot describe how honored and grateful we are to be part of such a special family. With that said, you have inspired me. Bottom line, I will never forget your passion, drive and commitment to the cause of our Warriors and Freedom. Thank you for your support! Best to you and your families. God Bless Ireland.
Major Ed Pulido US Army Retired

Latest News

Wu secures second European Tour title in Austria

Makes European Tour history as the first Chinese player to record multiple European Tour victories

Read More

More Articles

Berger wins first TOUR event at FedEx St Jude Patience pays off for Brooke Henderson as she captures first major title GB&I defeat U.S. in the Curtis Cup Darren Clarke will skip the U.S. Open at Oakmont
Privacy Statement
Terms & conditions © 2012 Golfdigestirishtours.comWeb Design by Active Online

Golf Digest Irish Tours Website – We provide all types of Irish golf packages, Irish golf tours and Irish golf trips. We can put any type of Irish golf package together, which will make you Irish golf trip very special, indeed. We have various Irish golf packages already put together based on the region you will be staying. But if you have your own 'must play courses' for your Irish golf trip, we can schedule your entire Irish golf tour around these great courses and custom a special Irish golf package for you and your group.