Woods plays down McIlroy rivalry

  • Last Updated: December 19 2012, 10:36 GMT

Tiger Woods insists it is far too early to be talking up any kind of rivalry between himself and Rory McIlroy.

Tiger Woods: Praise for Rory McIlroy

McIlroy now holds the title of undisputed world number one after claiming four PGA Tour victories - including a major, the PGA Championship - in 2012.

Such a position was long held by Woods and with the American finding his feet once more with three wins of his own this year, the pair are often said to have a burgeoning rivalry.

However, Woods believes until the pair have gone head to head in a major event, talks of any great rivalry are premature.

"Rory McIlroy had a wonderful year, and my hat is off to him," Woods wrote on his official blog. "He deserved Player of the Year.

"Whether we develop a rivalry remains to be seen. Let's just let it play out and see where it takes us. We'll look at the results the next five or 10 years and see if it becomes a rivalry or not.

"We'll have to win big events and play each other down the stretch. That hasn't happened yet. We've only played each other at Honda down the stretch.

"We need a lot more of those type of battles, but in bigger events."


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