Rory McIlroy Needs Tiger Woods At The Masters, Says Ryder Cup Captain

March 19, 2015

Would Tiger Woods playing in the Masters help Rory McIlroy in his quest to complete the career grand slam? His 2014 Ryder Cup captain thinks so. 

Speaking to Sky Sports Golf, Paul McGinley said the presence of Tiger would shift the attention of the media and fans off McIlroy and squarely onto Woods and his chase for his elusive 15th major. Similar to the 2014 PGA Championship where camera crews monitored Woods’ parking spot at Valhalla waiting for his arrival. 

“All the talk was, ‘Is Tiger going to play, is he not going to play?'” McGinley said. “At the time, Rory was the favorite, but all the expectations, all the talk, were focused on Tiger.”

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Woods’ stay at the PGA was short, as he missed the cut after shooting 74-74, and McIlroy won his second-straight major with a thrilling Sunday finish. 

“Rory didn’t sneak in the back door, but he was able to go about his business without the attention on him,” McGinley said. 

No one knows if Tiger will, or even should, show up at Augusta in three weeks. The only hint into his thinking we have is from his statement released announcing he would sit out the Arnold Palmer Invitational: “I hope to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta.”

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