McIlroy wants the old Tiger back

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Rory McIlroy says he earnestly wishes to see the 21st Century’s greatest golfer, Tiger Woods, return to his best form.

World No 3 and reigning US Open champion Rory McIlroy says he earnestly wishes to see the 21st Century’s greatest golfer, Tiger Woods, return to his best form.

This, says the Northern Ireland’s 22-year-old star, because it would be good for the game of golf and because he wants to measure himself up against a man who has won 14 majors and more than 70 US PGA Tour titles and for a decade dominated golf like a Colossus.

Woods has been unable to end the undreamed of slump that injury and personal problems have plunged him into and left him without a tournament win since November 2009 and without any major titles for over three years.

McIlroy’s career curve, in the meantime, has been on the up and up and the iconic young man from Holywood in Northern Ireland wants to see Woods regain his form of old in order to see if he could beat the American in a head-to-head battle.

“Tiger Woods at his best is very hard to beat, but top-class sportsmen want to measure themselves against the best so it would be great if I was able to go up against Tiger at his best and see how I compare,” McIlroy told Sky Sports News this week.

“We’ll just have to see what happens, I’ve got a long way to go before I get to that stage and he has to start playing a little better too.

“But hopefully it does happen because I think it would be great for the game of golf to see him up there contending again.

“We’ve got so many good young players coming through now that I think golf is in very exciting times.

“With the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Matteo Manassero, to name just a few of all the young guys coming through, I think we are in for exciting times ahead.”

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