Nine-Year-Old Rory McIlroy to Tiger Woods: “I’m Coming To Get You”

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Rory McIlroy has had his sights set on Tiger Woods for a long, long time.

In a New York Times Magazine profile out Tuesday, a letter McIlroy sent Woods when he was 9-years-old was pieced together through interviews with McIlroy and close family members.

“No one can recall the note’s precise wording,” Siebert wrote, “but its general thrust, as Brian McIlroy, Rory’s uncle and godfather, paraphrased in an email, put Woods on notice: ‘I’m coming to get you. This is the beginning. Watch this space.’

In the story, McIlroy was asked what he recalled from the letter.

“A lot of those memories have kind of blurred together,” he said. “But, yeah, it went something like that.”

In 1999 when he wrote the letter, McIlroy had just won the 1998 Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic in Florida for the 10-11 age group. Woods was the No. 1 ranked player in the world.

Fast forward to today. McIlroy is now the No. 1 ranked player in the world. Woods isn’t even inside the top 100. McIlroy is the new golden boy of the Nike Golf empire, which Woods built. Lastly, he just stole Tiger’s game, becoming the face of the EA Sports golf franchise, now titled Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR.

Tiger spotted in Augusta?

Associated Press – In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

The Augusta Chronicle reported Tuesday that a plane matching the tail number of his Gulfstream G5 was parked at the terminal for private aircraft at Augusta Regional Airport. A spokesman for Woods didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

Woods has not played since he withdrew at Torrey Pines in the first round on Feb. 5. He said a week later that his scores were not acceptable and that he wouldn’t return until his game was tournament-ready.

Woods has fallen out of the top 100 in the world for the first time since 1996. The Masters starts April 9.