Rory McIlroy, as a 13-year-old boy, was able to hold back when he had the opportunity to steal gloves from the pocket of “Super Tiger”.

McIlroy is in Ireland for the Irish Open on the European Tour from July 1-4 at Mount Juliet Estate. Here, he had never competed but was a spectator twice, including the first time in 2002. At that time, McIlroy was only 13 years old, watching his idol Woods fight the WGC-American Express Championship.

“Watching Tiger receive his championship award on the 18th green, I slipped under the rope to stop the spectators and was lucky to get a seat right behind Tiger. At that time, the glove was in his back pocket. I was too close to grab it and leave it. ran, but stopped. Maybe this is a good story to share with Tiger, “McIlroy told the media contact on June 29.

McIlroy was one of Woods' close associates in the golf world.  Photo: AP

McIlroy was one of Woods’ close associates in the golf world. Image: AP

McIlroy first saw Tiger “in the flesh” also at the WGC-American Express Championship. “That was the first time I watched Tiger play in real life at the top of the 5th, par5. He hit the ball, then hit the green with a 2 iron. It was cool.” McIlroy describes how he felt when he met his idol Woods.

After the Irish Open, McIlroy will attend the Scottish Open next week, before competing in the world’s oldest major – The Open Championship at Royal St George’s. In this series of three events, he initially intended to quit the Scottish Open. However, due to the restriction on entry for people other than top athletes, McIlroy had to leave his family in the US. And also because he did not have a wife and children, the Northern Irish golfer was “busy” playing the tournament for three weeks. McIlroy has missed the last three Irish Opens.

For the past week, McIlroy has taken a break and only worked out for about two hours. On June 20, he finished T7 at the major US Open. In the final round of the tournament, the player born in 1989 belonged to the group of strong candidates, but technical negligence led to a bogey on the 11th hole and a double bogey on the 12th, making him out of competition for the title.

Playing professionally since 2007, McIlroy has so far owned 19 PGA Tour championships and 14 European Tour trophies, including four majors – US Open 2011, PGA Championship 2012, 2014 and The Open Championship 2014. He has yet to reach the grand slam milestone. due to the lack of Masters in the traditional major quartet. This golfer accumulated 106 weeks at the top of the world professional men’s golf rankings (OWGR).

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