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All Aboard! Tiger Jumps On The Rory Train

Well short of Jesus returning and weighing in on Rory McIlroy's potential, Tiger's comments Saturday should offer the European press contingent a healthier Viagra alternative:

"The guy's a talent," Woods said of McIlroy. "We can all see it, the way he hits the golf ball, the way he putts, the way he can chip, get up and down.

"He has the composure. He has all of the components to be the best in the world, there's no doubt.

"It's just a matter of time and experience in big events. That takes time and I mean he's only 19," Woods told reporters after finishing on 209.

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Reader Comments (9)

TW has found mellowocity!
Now nicely into his thirties, married and a father of two, financially set for several lifetimes, and within hailing distance of his desired goal of 18+ majors, why not acknowledge that someday, some young gun is going to beat him. Perhaps regularly?
Not a bad thing; just an obvious thing.
03.15.2009 | Unregistered Commenter3 Jack
And he'll be even more of a threat when he figures out how to chip out of the rough.
03.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRM
Jack: it'll take time for Tiger to learn how to design golf courses
Tiger: it'll take time for Rory to learn how to be #1 in the world

Jack: resentful old champion of the ages
Tiger: mellowing maturing champion of the ages
03.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterF. X.
Most importantly, his obvious talent aside, young McIlroy appears to have his head screwed on relatively straight. Credit to his parents.
03.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
slightly ot, but nbc keeps showing alvaro quiros putting, and then announcing that he leads the epga in driving distance at 319 average. they have also given us closeups of his hat and ball marker.

i don't know about you, but that kind of makes me wonder why the f*ck they don't show thy guy hitting a driver?
03.15.2009 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
Tiger's too nice. He may have seen how Rory 3-whacks it under pressure to know that the game has seen lots of ball-strikers like him but give it a couple of years of yips and then we'll have trouble remembering that Irishman's name again.
03.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Ch.
Great praise for young Rory. . . Tiger is a gentleman and knows talent when he sees it. . . Of course all this praise - from many sources - also adds the pressure of expectation.

I seem to recall the expectation - following Tiger's season ending surgery in June - that "everyone" was expecting Phil to step up and take the mantle. . . As I also recall, that did not work out so well. . . Of course Rory may have a lot more game?
03.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterWisconsin Reader
Good, but just one gear and a so-so sand game.
03.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuster

I thought Sergio was going to be world No.1 this Monday morning?

Looking forward to seeing Rory as world No.1....on my kid's PlayStation.
03.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSatch

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