Cape Town - World No 6 Rory McIlroy highly doubts Tiger Woods' recent injury will push him into retirement.
The Northern Irishman was speaking to the press ahead of this
weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational, from which Woods has withdrawn due
to neck strain. And given the 14-time major champions' plethora of back
ailments, fans could be forgiven for thinking that 'this is it' all
However, when McIlroy was asked by the press if the recent injury
would put Woods closer to retirement, they were met with an emphatic "Nope".
Well that settles that then.
"I hope he's OK," continued McIlroy, who is the defending champion at Bay Hill this week.
"I saw him in Mexico getting treatment before and after he played; he did have some tape on his upper back."
Meanwhile, Marc Leishman, the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational winner,
believes Woods would have certainly played this weekend if he was able.
"I know if he could be here, he would... but the field is strong enough to be alright," the Australian told AAP.
"Tiger adds to any tournament; it wouldn't be fair to Tiger to say it
won't affect the event because I think the crowds might be a little