Category: Sports / April 9, 2013 3:52 PM EDT
Golf fans have drooled in anticipation of a one-two rivalry between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but the Northern Irishman said on Tuesday (April 9) that such talk was premature.
McIlroy spoke before a practice round at Augusta National ahead of Thursday's opening round of the Masters.
McIlroy, proclaiming himself 100 percent comfortable with his golf swing and new clubs, could overtake a resurgent Woods and reclaim the world number one ranking at the Masters, but the 23-year-old Northern Irishman reminded everyone he is still early on his golf journey.
"When you speak of rivals, you tend to put rivals who have had similar success," said McIlroy. "He's got 77 PGA Tour events. I've got six. He's got 14 majors. I've got two. If I saw myself a rival to Tiger, I wouldn't really be doing him much justice."
However, McIlroy made it plain he was eager to work on bridging the numbers gap starting this week at the first major championship of the year.
"I am here to concentrate on myself and play my game and try and shoot the best score that I can, and it really doesn't matter what anyone else does, because I am here to try and shoot the best score that I can, and if I can do that I know I'll have a good chance."
McIlroy yearns for another chance as good as he had at the 2011 Masters, when he carried a four-stroke lead into the final round before soaring to an 80 finish to tie for 15th.
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