Woods, on the other hand, considers McIlroy next in the long line of rivals that he’s had during his illustrious career.
“Over the course of my career, I’ve had a few,” Woods said Tuesday at Augusta National. “Certainly Rory is this generation. I’ve had Phil and Vijay and Ernie and David for a number of years, and now Rory’s leading this new, younger generation.
“So yes, definitely.”
McIlroy is not so sure.
“When you speak of rivals, you tend to put rivals who have had similar success,” McIlroy said. “He’s got 77 PGA Tour events; I’ve got six. He’s got 14 majors; I’ve got two. If I saw myself a rival to Tiger, I wouldn’t really be doing him much justice.”