With the PGA Championship coming up this weekend, golfers like Rory McIlroy are looking for any competitive edge they can find.
Especially, Rory McIlroy.
After becoming just one of three players to win four majors by the age of 25, the star golfer from Ireland has gone nine years without another one.
Add on to that the fact that McIlroy missed the cut at the Players and the Masters so far this year and he is more than willing to listen if someone is willing to offer him some good advice.
Especially if that someone is one of the other two players to win four majors by the age of 25.
While recovering from a recent surgery, Tiger Woods was watching the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow where Rory McIlroy finished in a dismal tie for 47th place.
After spotting what he believed to be a mechanical flaw in McIlroy’s swing on TV, Tiger reached out and texted Rory.
That text led to a visit to Tiger’s house in Jupiter, Florida and a discussion that lasted several hours.
On Tuesday, Rory McIlroy was asked about his visit with the GOAT and shared a little bit of what went down.
“I mean look, it’s two guys talking about their golf swing like we always do, but I thought, I was really appreciative of him to reach out and just sort of share some of his his thoughts with me,” McIlroy explained.
“So, you know, when you’ve got the greatest player of all time giving you advice, you’re not going to turn that down.”
Rory said that after he talked to Tiger he “was really excited to go to the range and work on some stuff” and that is gave him “a new level of enthusiasm” going forward.
Explaining what the flaw in his swing was, McIlroy said at his press conference, “Yeah, just club getting a little bit out of position at the top and then sort of the sequence of events that follow from there. Club face was getting a bit too open on the way back, really struggling to square it on the way down, and then sort of re-closure was getting a little too fast, throwing my hands on it, and sorta started to get the miss going both ways, especially at Quail Hollow.
“So trying to sort of tighten the start lines up a little bit, keep a little bit more strength in the club face, feel a little bit more squareness throughout the swing. That’s sort of what I’ve been working on over the last week or so.”
Whether any of that translates into a better finish at the PGA Championship than what he experienced at this year’s two previous majors will be something to keep an eye on this week.