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Woods, McIlroy pay respects to Spieth

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – For years everyone on the PGA Tour has been bombarded with various questions about Tiger Woods. Now, because Woods is an elder statesman of sorts, he’s in a position where he’s often going to be asked about the younger players on Tour, namely Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Woods won the 1997 Masters as a 21-year-old with a total score of 18 under par. Spieth matched both those feats.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Woods said regarding Spieth’s Masters victory. “He’s doing all the things he needs to do.

“When he gets it going, he’s one of those guys that like Rory, can go off and make bunches of birdies in a row.”

Woods said for the most part he never believed his tournament scoring record would be matched because of the length of the course, but the soft conditions allowed for more birdies than in many previous years.

McIlroy, the reigning world No. 1, also weighed in on Spieth, who will be the second-ranked player in the world when the rankings come out on Monday.

“It’s great for him,” McIlroy said. “He’s been playing great for a 21-year-old, he’s way more mature than I was at 21 and a hell of a golfer and a great person as well. So I’m really happy for him.”