Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy is the rivalry the game of golf needs
Why Can’t Every Day of Golf Be Like This?!
An opening nine 29, 6-under from the greatest golf player of all-time. Six birdies in a row from one of the only players on the planet that has a chance to supplant him.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy put on a brilliant display of golf Thursday afternoon at Aronimink Golf Club as both of them ended their day shooting 8-under, 62. And that was just the first round of the BMW Championship, the penultimate tournament of the PGA Tour season.
Tournaments like this are what the PGA and golf fans across the world root for. Not since 2014 has either of these players been the golfer they strive to be on a daily basis. Tiger Woods won five times and was the player of the year in 2013. Rory McIlroy won 2 of his 4 majors in 2014.
Tiger Woods started off his day birdieing 3 of his first 4 holes. His front-nine also included an eagle at the 16th hole and a closing birdie at the 18th. His dialed-in wedge game and precise putting led to another birdie on his tenth hole of the round, and the #59Watch was on.
Unfortunately, the day cooled off from there for the recent Ryder Cup captain’s pick. With two birdies and one bogey throughout the last 8 holes, the momentum faded on the back-nine for Tiger.
He came into the third playoff event at 25th place in the FedEx Cup Playoff standings, but that can change drastically with a win this week.
As Tiger was finishing his round Rory McIlroy was making his charge. He maneuvered his opening nine with ease, shooting 4-under, 31. He birdied his ninth hole of the day, then continued to birdie the next five. At one point, he was 9-under and everyone on the course expected him to shoot 59.
Tiger teed off at 11:30 while Rory McIlroy teed off more than an hour later at 12:47. These staggered tee times set up a day that was electric throughout.
Once Tiger finished, the buzz switched to following Rory McIlroy’s pursuit of history. Conversely, Rory faltered down the stretch much like Tiger.
He bogeyed two of his last four holes, but finished tied for the lead with Tiger after ending his round with a birdie.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs have yet to match the hype surrounding major championships, and that is expected. However, if Tiger and Rory can step up to the pressure and deliver drama during the same playoff stretch, the playoffs would become electric.
I realize my optimism is shining through, and I am admittedly excited for the Woods-Mickelson PayPerView Event, but Woods vs. McIlroy is the rivalry the game of golf needs.
With 7 rounds left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is it too much to ask for 7 more rounds of this? The two Nike-clad titans of the game going toe-to-toe.
Only time will tell, but I’m ready for Tiger vs. Rory Round 2.