The inaugural Duel at Jinsha Lake was billed a huge boost for Chinese golf. But the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy match, in which both players were mic'd up and wired for sound, was just as big a boon for conspiratorially minded golf fans.
The two razzed each other back and forth, talking casually en route to McIlroy's one shot win, and, according to the Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner, left us with some juicy takeaways:
They talked swing changes. On the 10th hole, Woods admitted to “struggling with Sean (Foley),” his swing coach, saying, “I’ve been hitting my short irons so (expletive) far.” He went on to explain how he rarely took a divot with his short clubs under former coach Hank Haney, but now, though, “all of a sudden, I’m thinking divots.”
Fans got to hear some good trash-talking too. McIlroy brought up Tiger's 62 in the final round of the Honda Classic, a tournament in which Tiger finished second behind McIlroy:
"All that fist pumping for nothing," woofed McIlroy.
They also fanned the flames of Rory's rumor de jour — that he'll make the jump to Nike at the end of the season — when McIlroy took a couple of cuts with one of Tiger's clubs off the fourth tee box.
More chummy than rivalry, we'll say, but we'll take it nonetheless. The Golf Channel cut a couple of highlights from the banter. Check out the video below:
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