They’re in the same group again this week for the first two rounds of the BMW Championship as they thunder down the stretch in the battle for the FedEx Cup bonus. This time, there wasn’t much talk about butt-kicking, just good-natured joking.
“Good to see you playing so well in the pro-am,” Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 golfer, cracked as the two passed in the interview room Wednesday at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
“You like that, huh?” Tiger Woods, the world’s No. 3 golfer, cracked right back.
The FedEx Cup fun started with The Barclays and their first- and second-round pairings, then continued with the Deutsche Bank Championship, in which McIlroy won and Woods finished third.
“I think it definitely creates some more interest for the fans and for golf in general,” McIlroy, who is first in points for the FedEx Cup bonus, said. Woods is third. “I don't see any challenge in it. I think it's just good fun.”
Here’s a quick rundown (via GolfChannel.com) of how McIlroy and Woods have done in 2012:
Each has won three tournaments, with McIlroy winning the only major (the PGA);
McIlroy leads the PGA Tour in money ($6,402,192), Woods (the first $100-million man) is second ($5,533,158);
McIlroy leads the PGA Tour in scoring average (68.869) with Woods second, just two thousandths of a point behind.
They tee off at 1:54 p.m. today.