In his pre-tournament press conference at East Lake on Wednesday, Rory McIlroy was asked whether the fact that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had failed to qualify for the Tour Championship symbolized a changing of the guard. The world no. 1 replied, “No,” but he pointed out that Woods and Mickelson, the two faces of the game over the last two decades, were simply getting older. He also stated that they were “getting into sort of the last few holes of their career.”
Rory only declared the obvious reality and added that he would be dealing with the same issues that go along with aging in 20 years. Last I checked, Tiger and Phil aren’t 25 anymore. Tiger is indeed injured.