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Rory McIlroy says a visit to the injured Tiger Woods will help him put more emphasis on the major championship weeks. McIlroy is entering his final Masters tilt after failing to win one of the Big Four golf events since 2014.
While checking on Woods, who was involved in a serious car accident in February, McIlroy got a new perspective. He now insists on the big calendar weeks to be the way to go.
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“I went to Tiger’s a few weeks ago to see him and in his family room he has his trophy cabinet,” McIlroy explained. “These are his 15 major trophies. I said, ‘This is really cool. Where are all the [non-major trophies]? ‘He said,’ I don’t know. What do I say? He said, “Yeah, my mom has a few and a few are in the office and a few are all over the place …”.
“I was driving home and thought, I mean; that’s all that interested him. Everything that interested him. So how easy must it have been for him to win over everyone else? It was just always on my mind, he was talking about it [how] it’s the four weeks that count. So the weeks that didn’t matter, you know, he piled them up at a pretty fast pace.
“I was just thinking to myself, how easy it must be for him if he only held on for four weeks a year. The other things had to be like practice. It’s a good prospect to have.
Woods, who sustained serious leg injuries in the California crash, is a notable absentee from Augusta National this week. McIlroy reported that the 45-year-old is in fairly good shape.
“I spent a few hours with him which was good,” McIlroy said. “It was good to see him. It was good to see him in a decent spirit. When you hear about these things and you look at the car and you see the accident, you think he is going to stay in. a hospital bed for six months. But he was doing better than that. A few of us who live in South Florida went to see him. I’m sure he appreciates that. Everyone would love it. review here. I think myself, JT, Rickie [Fowler], DJ, Brooks [Koepka], all these guys out there, we all have a responsibility to try to keep the morale up and get him going and try to get him back here.
“I know he would love to be here and I’m sure he’s going to do everything he can to be ready to play here next year.