Rory McIlroy opened up about his recent visit with Tiger Woods to catch up with the legendary golfer and see how he has been doing since a February car crash left him with serious leg injuries.
McIlroy was asked how he gets up for big events and whether he tries to treat them like any other event, according to Golf.com. He said he circles the big events on the calendar and brought up a recent conversation he had with Woods.
“I was thinking about this. So I went over to Tiger’s house a few weeks ago to see him, and in his family room he’s got his trophy cabinet and it’s his 15 major trophies. I said, ‘That’s really cool. Where are all the others?’” McIlroy said. “He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I go, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Yeah, my mom has some and a few are in the office and a few are wherever.’”
McIlroy said he thought more about their conversation on his way back from Woods’ home.
“I was driving home, and I was thinking [those major trophies] are all he cared about. All he cared about. So how easy must that have felt for him to win all the others? That was just always in my mind. He talked about how these are the four weeks that matter. So the weeks that didn’t matter, you know, he racked them up at a pretty fast clip,” he said.
“But I’m just thinking to myself, how easy must that have felt for him if all he cared about were four weeks a year. The other stuff must have been like practice. So that’s a cool perspective to have, right? Yeah — that’s all I could think about on the way home.”
Woods is on the mind of golfers at the Masters this week.
Justin Thomas told reporters that Woods was “bummed” he wouldn’t be around for the event. Woods won his most recent green jacket in 2019.
The golfers will be trying to take down Dustin Johnson. He won the event in November. The tournament was played in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.