Rory McIlroy rejects the notion that Tiger Woods’ comeback at Bridgestone this weekend is “scary” news for the field.”I wouldn’t use the word scary. It’d be maybe a little intimidating if you knew for sure if [Woods] was going to play the way he did in 2000, 2001, but no one knows that,” he told Ryan Ballengee of NBC Sports.
“I think top-20 will be a great effort,” he added.
McIlroy is just going to withhold judgment about the relative scariness of a healthy Tiger until he sees the former champion complete a full four rounds of golf.
“Just to see how his knee holds up over 72 holes. If he can do that. No one expects him to come out and play well,” McIlroy said. “I’m sure he expects himself to come out and compete. But given how long he has been out, it would be incredible for him to be able to come out for 72 holes and compete.”
This is an indication over just how far Tiger has fallen. A few years ago, youngsters like McIlroy wouldn’t dare call it “incredible” if Woods merely finished the tournament.
Perhaps this will light a fire under Tiger Woods and his new goatee, and he’ll dominate this weekend.
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