Updated at 1:50 p.m.
In the tuchus-kicking department, score a very modest one today for Tiger Woods.
He shot a 3-under 69, one stroke better than Rory McIlroy in the first round of The Barclays at the Bethpage Black Court in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Filed at 8:04 a.m.
Fresh from winning his second major golf tournament, Rory McIlroy took a playful little jab at the guy who currently has more major titles than any other active pro golfer.
This morning he’ll have to back it up.
McIlroy was talking to the media ahead of The Barclays today at the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island when Tiger Woods walked into the interview room, waiting to follow the man he’ll be playing with in the first two rounds of the tournament.
“I feel every time I've played with Tiger he's sort of brought the best out of me,” McIlroy, who won the PGA Championship on Aug. 12, said. “I really feel focused and obviously want to play well. I really enjoy his company. I know we'll have a good time out there. I'm keeping him waiting here, so I'll stop talking about him."
And then ... zing! Asked about upcoming Ryder Cup play at Medinah. “Yeah, I'd love to go out there. I'd love Tiger to go out first and kick his [backside].”
And the response from the man with 74 PGA Tour victories?
“Good to see you, too,” he said.
When it was his turn to talk to the press, Woods was asked by Hank Gola of the New York Daily News whether he was ready to have his backside kicked, as if anyone, particularly Tiger Woods, ever really is.
“At Medinah? No,” he said.
They had an 8:16 a.m. EDT tee time.
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