Exclusive Rory McIlroy interview: 'It's a different Tiger - he can stun the world once again'

Tiger Woods made a sensational return to form and fitness at the Hero World Challenge Credit: AP Photo/Dante Carrer

Rory McIlroy believes that Tiger Woods will “stun the world – again” this year after beginning his resurrection in London. McIlroy played with Woods in November and was amazed by the 14-time major winner’s display at the Bear’s Club, Jack Nicklaus’s Florida course near the players’ homes.

At that stage, Woods had not played competitively since February when he pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic. The 42-year-old then underwent a spinal fusion, a radical operation which led to predictions that his career was over.

However, Woods returned at the Hero World Challenge two months ago, where he commendably finished in a tie for ninth in an 18-man field. McIlroy was not surprised by that, after what he had witnessed a few weeks beforehand when Woods had invited him for 18 holes.

“I was on my way there worrying thinking, ‘what will I see?’, but it was incredible,” McIlroy told Telegraph Sport...

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