The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

McIlroy laughs off 'Tiger intimidation' talk


ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has unquestionably overshadowed Tiger Woods on the 2012 PGA Tour but the Northern Irish world No. 1 golfer laughs at suggestions that he now intimidates the American, a 14-time Major winner.

"He's (Tiger's) got a new nickname for me, actually. He calls me 'The Intimidator'," a smiling McIlroy jested as he spoke to reporters today while preparing for this week's Tour Championship.

"No. How can I intimidate Tiger Woods? I mean, the guy's got 75 or whatever PGA Tour wins, 14 Majors. He's been the biggest thing ever in our sport.

"How could some little 23-year-old from Northern Ireland with a few wins come up and intimidate him. It's just not possible. I don't know where he got that from, but it's not true."