Rory McIlroy will soon turn 33 years old, but when Tiger Woods reached the same age his career looked a bit different.
It seems difficult to believe. The Northern Irishman who once bounced down the fairways as an exhuberant, wide-eyed teenager bursting passion for the game is now a father and has won four majors. Whether or not he should have won more of the big ones is up for debate.
To go along with that, McIlroy has 20 PGA Tour titles, including 14 wins on the European Tour. McIlroy spoke a few weeks ago about post-golf aspirations. It seems he has no desire to play on the PGA Tour Champions.
If he's not competing with the best, then he has no desire to play, he said. Well, time will only tell with regards to that. Can you imagine McIlroy not rocking up to the Masters for as long as he physically can? Me neither.
Golf stat guy Lou Stagner was on hand again to outline this remarkable statistic about McIlroy in comparison to Tiger Woods. If he were to win four events a year for the next 15 years it still leaves him two shy of the cat. "Tiger is mind numingly next level," he says.
That's because when Woods was the same age, he had already won 70 times. His 2000 season still stands alone. Nine victories for the cat.
That included winning:
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard
Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
The Open Championship
Bell Canadian Open
Rory is about to turn 33 years old.— Lou Stagner (Golf Stat Pro) (@LouStagner) February 14, 2022
He has 20 PGA Tour wins.
If he won four events per year, for the next 15 years, that gives him 60 additional wins (80 total).
Still two shy of Tiger.
Rory is the man, but 82 wins by Tiger is mind-numbingly next level.
Mind-numbingly next level indeed.
Genesis Invitational preview
McIlroy will be in a star-studded field when he plays the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, hosted by Woods.
He is not the betting favourite. Jon Rahm is. Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa are just some of the big names who are pegging it up.
McIlroy missed the cut last year at this tournament. A second round of 76 put him way outside the cut zone and it marked the first time he missed a cut since the 2019 Open Championship. That was 31 successive cuts made.
Woods holds the all-time record with 142 consecutive cuts made.