Rory McIlroy explains why he thinks Tiger Woods has won so many World Golf Championship events
The 14 time major winner has triumphed in WGC events 18 times since 199916:24 Thursday 27 October 2016, 16:24 27 Oct 2016
When the history books are written, Tiger Woods will undoubtedly go down as one of the best golfers to ever play the game.
His dominance since the turn of the millennium is unrivalled and has seen him accrue 14 majors over the course of his career.
He sits just four behind Jack Nicklaus in terms of majors won. In terms of World Golf Championship events, however, Tiger has been the best.
Since 1999, the American was won a staggering 18 times, with 15 of these coming between 1999 and 2008. In this time, 15 of these victories came of 27 starts and he also finished in the top five of these events in the same time period a total of 24 times.
His last came in 2013 when he clinched the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, finishing seven strokes clear of Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson.
Rory McIlroy, competing at the WGC-HSBC Championship in Shanghai this week, was asked why Woods has had so much success when it comes to events like these.
Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Woods' 15-under par won by seven shots. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
"Honestly I think because of the no-cut format," he explained. "I think that's probably a big thing to do with it. You play with a little more freedom.
"And I never want to criticise Tiger's game at all, but if there was one thing or one negative you would say about him was that he probably wasn't the fastest starter in the world in normal golf tournaments.
"So here, you don't really have that pressure of trying to play your way into a tournament. It's a four-round tournament. You know you're getting four rounds, so you've got plenty of time to make birdies and play well.
"And I think just from the get-go, you don't quite feel the pressure. 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 the weight off you you, and you can go and play just that little bit freer."
But before the questions could move off the subject he added: "Can I just add one more thing to why he won so many? Because he was the best (laughter). There's another reason."
Via Golf Digest
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