Tiger and Rory together on CNN
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have shared golf's biggest stage for the last couple of years, and have played together several times in recent weeks. But until recently, they had never sat down for a joint interview.
They did just that before their 'Duel at Lake Jinsha' exhibition in China on Oct. 29. For its "Living Golf" program, CNN interviewed the game's top two players, who discussed everything from McIlroy's respect for Woods as a youngster to the current state of their competitive relationship.
"We have a lot in common. Granted there's an age difference there, but I had a huge difference with my other good friend, Mark O’Meara," Woods told CNN's Shane O'Donoghue. "I think our relationship will certainly grow over the years, but our competitiveness, I don't think that's going to change."
McIlroy has long admitted that Woods was his golf hero when he was growing up in Northern Ireland, and a video clip from a few years ago interspersed into the interview demonstrates his knowledge of Woods' life and career.
"Getting the chance to know him, getting the chance to compete against him is is something that I always dreamed of," said McIlroy. "To get to spend time with him and to hang around him is something I find pretty cool."
The full interview can be seen on "Living Golf," which airs on CNN International Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5:00 p.m. ET, then re-airs on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m. ET; and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Here's a link to the lengthy clip from the interview, just to whet your appetite: