Monday 10 December 2018

McIlroy backs Woods to 'make some noise' again

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods shake hands after finishing their round during the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club. Photo: Getty
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods shake hands after finishing their round during the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club. Photo: Getty

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After playing with Tiger Woods yesterday, Rory McIlroy hardly needed reminding that his friend creates a din wherever he goes in public.

But on watching the 14-time Major winner turn mediocrity into a satisfactory 72 in the first round of the Genesis Open, McIlroy remained convinced that Woods "will make some noise this year".

"It doesn't feel like five years ago that Tiger won five tournaments and was the voted Player of the Year, so it's not been that long," McIlroy said after his own 71.

"He remembers how to do this and his body's allowing him to do this once more, and there's no doubt in my mind that he'll make some noise this year."

Woods wasn't particularly happy with his play, but was reasonably so with his score.

"It was alright. I made really silly bogeys out there," Woods said. "But overall I thought I hung in there well and grinded."

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