Rory McIlroy Says He Can’t do for Golf What Tiger Woods did

May 19, 2015

Rory McIlroy has been through the interview gauntlet the last couple of days, and pretty much every one of them involves Tiger Woods.

During an interview with BBC Sport on Tuesday, McIlroy was asked if he could replicate what Tiger Woods did for golf.

“I’ll never be able to do for golf what Tiger did,” McIlroy said. “He was a phenomenon, he brought so many more people into the game because of his background and how he started on Tour and everything…”

While McIlroy said he won’t be able to pave a path like Woods did, he did say he wants to be the best of his time.

“I feel like I’m in a generation with a lot of young guys that are coming up and I want to be the best of this generation,” he said. “I want to win a lot more tournaments, I can win a lot more majors. I haven’t put a number on it because I don’t want to put that burden on myself. I just want to be better than everyone else.”

McIlroy told the BBC that he doesn’t play on playing Champions Tour golf, and said he used to consider retiring at 40 (he has already been a pro for almost eight years).

This interview came a day after he was on the Dan Patrick Show and talked more about Woods. This time, though, it was who could bench more.

“Tiger, I think,” McIlroy said. “Yeah, yeah, Tiger. … Tiger. I’ve probably got shorter arms, so I don’t have to move the bar as far as he does.”

McIlroy, who bulked up over the last couple of years much like Woods did before him, said his maximum bench press is about 230 or 240 pounds. He guessed Woods was up around 300 pounds.

McIlroy and Patrick also talked about how life has changed for Rory since he’s won more majors, the last time he bought a beer – he hesitated before saying last weekend – and what NOT to wear on the golf course.

The full Dan Patrick interview is below.

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