Truth & Rumors: Westwood tweaks McIlroy over Tiger comments

Rory McIlroy has established two things in his career: he's one of the most talented young players in the game and he's not afraid to say what's on his mind. However, his good friend Lee Westwood is going to talk with McIlroy after McIlroy's latest dose of honesty about Tiger Woods in an article McIlroy wrote for SI Golf Plus:

I wasn't playing against Tiger Woods when he had that aura. I was watching on TV! I remember getting nervous when I first met him. I was 15. There was a presence about him. There still is to some extent, but when you're on the golf course you simply block it out. But Tiger is not playing as well as he was even a couple of years ago, never mind going back to the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he was at his best. I'm not sure we are going to see him dominate again the way he did. He never seemed like he would make a mistake.
It's not that he's playing badly. He's simply playing badly by Tiger's standards. He's playing like an ordinary golfer. People expect more of him because of what he has achieved.
Westwood, who had his own painful experience with a slump, said that McIlroy's take on Woods was evidence of his friend's lack of experience, according to Golf Channel's Randell Mell.
Lee Westwood read yet another edgy Rory McIlroy assessment of Tiger Woods’ slumping game and smiled playfully Tuesday at the Honda Classic. “That’s the answer a 21-year-old will give, isn’t it?” Westwood said of McIlroy's first-person story this week in Sports Illustrated Golf Plus. “A 37-year-old will be a little wiser . . . I will have a word with Rory later.”
Westwood, a close friend to McIlroy, says he’s expecting a rebound from Woods.
“Class is permanent, form is fickle,” Westwood said.
No Dancing With the Stars for Elin Entertainment Weekly's Lynette Rice has revealed the cast of the next season of Dancing With the Stars and it doesn not include Elin Nordegren. Tiger, you can exhale now. The TV show Extra had reported that Woods's ex-wife Nordegren might appear on the show. European golf parties like it's 1992 Luke Donald's win over Martin Kaymer at the Match Play last week led to a couple of notable milestones in golf: it's the first time European players have held the top four spots in the world rankings since March of 1992, and it's the first time Tiger Woods has found himself outside the top four since his '97 Masters victory.
Amazing as it seems, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell are all ahead of Tiger (and Phil and all the other Americans), who if we're being honest, is still living off the points he racked up with impunity during his prime. But if you take a close look at the American vs. European golf question, there's a lot more to support the opinion that the Euros are the best in the world now, other than Tiger's faded dominance: Of the top 30 players in the world, only nine are American, and of those, only Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, and Ricky Fowler are under the age of 30. In comparison, Kaymer, Donald, McDowell, Paul Casey, and Rory McIlroy, who are all in the top 10 in the world, are all 33 or younger. When you add the facts that 13 of the world's top 30 are European, and that Euros won two of the four majors in 2010, it might be time to accept that the balance of power in world golf has made a big-time shift that isn't likely to change any time in the near future.  Golf cart driver arrested for DUI Yup, it's possible to get busted for driving a golf car under the influence—if you do so on the highway. In the latest golf-related shocker, a man in Florida was arrested for DUI after being caught driving a golf cart on the wrong side of a divided highway. Evidently the police found the situation strange and stopped the man, who smelled of booze. After being tested his blood alcohol level was .251 (the legal limit in Florida is .08). Tweet of the Day  38104_451089396180_79860756180_6679479_1590157_n_bigger PGA_JohnDaly: Scrabble Night on Ipad--gf bailed on me--so playin w/computer (Norm?), I'm 5-0 against Norm tonight, got him good w/Bourree, trple word, TY

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