McIlroy: No-cut rule helped Woods rack up WGC wins


While he hasn't played in more than a year, Tiger Woods remains a focal point whenever a World Golf Championship event rolls around.

Woods has plenty of records to his name, but one of the most impressive feats is that he racked up 18 WGC titles from 1999-2013. That is the most all-time, while Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy are tied for second - with three wins apiece.

Rory McIlroy has two WGC titles to his name, and speaking to reporters Wednesday at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China he tried to offer insight as to how Woods was so dominant for so long against elite WGC fields.

"Honestly, I think because of the no-cut format. I think that's probably a big thing to do with it," McIlroy said. "You get to play with a little more freedom. And I never want to criticize Tiger's game at all, but if there was one thing or one negative thing you would say about him was that he probably wasn't the fastest starter in the world in normal golf tournaments."

Woods never won this week's event but has been dominant in other WGC events, notably the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club which he has won eight times. His WGC victories account for nearly 23 percent of his 79 PGA Tour titles.

"I think just from the get-go, you don't quite feel the pressure," McIlroy said. "Even though you shouldn't really be thinking about the cut or anything like that, but it is a little bit of a mental thing. But it takes weight off of you, and you can go and play just that little bit freer."

McIlroy did, however, offer one other explanation for Woods' historic run of dominance.

"Can I just add one more thing to why he won so many? Because he was the best," McIlroy said. "There's another reason."