Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus togerth at the 2012 Memorial Tournament. (Fred Vuich/SI)
After a season in which Rory McIlroy became the world’s No. 1 golfer and won the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, Jack Nicklaus believes McIlroy’s success could benefit Tiger Woods, according to a report by ESPN’s Bob Harig.
“Maybe somebody else gives you a little kick and gives you a boost. Tiger certainly hasn’t lost his talent, certainly hasn’t lost his desire. But he’s got a few more guys out there now who can finish coming down the stretch than he did a few years ago.”
“It’ll definitely be helpful for Tiger,” Nicklaus said. “Tiger probably needs somebody to pop him a few times so he gets a chance to go pop him back. It’s kind of good for you to get drummed a couple of times, and all of a sudden he says, ‘I’m not getting drummed anymore. I’m going to go drum that guy back.’
“That’s sort of what rivalries are all about. They always want to win. The competition is fierce, and that’s good.”