When Rory McIlroy was a young boy aspiring to someday become the best golfer in the world, Tiger Woods was in a class of his own. Like every other young golfer, McIlroy admired Tiger when he was a teenager. Now 23 years old and one of the top golfers in the world, McIlroy has met a number of famous and powerful people, including the president of the United States. Interestingly enough, he says he was more nervous meeting Tiger than he was when he met Barack Obama.
“I think the first time I met Tiger I was a little star struck,” McIlroy said according to Eye on Golf, noting that he was 15 years old when the meeting took place. “I watched him on TV winning majors by 15 and 12 and doing things that no one else could.”
“It’s funny, I was talking about this last night. I was more nervous meeting Tiger than I was meeting Barack Obama.”
Considering he once went undercover just to get close to Tiger and watch him play, it doesn’t surprise us that McIlroy was star struck. He was also 15 years old and had yet to enjoy life as a celebrity, so it makes sense that he was more composed when meeting Obama. Nevertheless, McIlroy’s comments remind us of how dominant Tiger used to be. Golfers wanted to be him and woman wanted to be with him. As we all know, it’s that second part that has his game all out of whack.
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