After playing his opening two rounds alongside Woods at the recent
Genesis Open, McIlroy had a blunt assessment of the media circus that
accompanies Woods whenever he takes to the course.
“I swear, playing in front of all that, he gives up half a shot a day
on the field," McIlroy said. "Like, it’s two shots a tournament he has
to give to the field because of all that that goes on around.
"So, whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn’t become
such a novelty that he’s back out playing again, because it’s tiring. I
need a couple Advil just to... I’ve got a headache after all that.
“Just the whole thing. You’ve got a six-foot putt, ‘It doesn’t break
as much as you think,’ just stuff like this that they don’t have to
McIlroy may have a point. Consider this missed birdie putt at the Farmers Insurance Open:
“It’s cost me a lot of shots over the years,” he confirmed.
cost me a few tournaments here and there. It’s been a lot because all it
takes is one shot on a Thursday that you lose a tournament by a shot on
Sunday. What people don’t realise, it’s not just something that happens
on Sunday afternoon, this is cumulative and it’s par for the course.
I’ve dealt with it for a very long time.”