Rory McIlroy has found his comfort zone. Look out, Tiger Woods. Six years ago, McIlroy snuck inside the ropes during the Dubai Desert Classic to get a closer look at Woods. Then a fresh-faced teenager, McIlroy was in awe of the player he watched growing up and wanted to witness him first hand. McIlroy got an invitation to play in the 2006 Dubai Desert Classic and couldn’t resist the chance to get up close to his boyhood hero. “I played in the morning on the Thursday and shot 72,” McIlroy said. “Tiger was out in the afternoon, and I went out to follow him and borrowed one of the camera guy’s camera so I was able to walk inside the ropes.” The reigning US Open champion has moved on quite a bit since then. He didn’t have to sneak inside the ropes Tuesday to get up close to Woods. The pair played nine holes together in preparation for this week’s $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Given McIlroy’s rise in the past few years and Tiger’s fall, it’s not surprising the Northern Irishman isn’t in awe of Woods any more. “The first time I played with Tiger, I was… Read full this story
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