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TWO MAN GAME
MICHAEL BAMBERGER
April 02, 2012
Each was a prodigy and an only child. One is 36 and has won 14 majors, the other is 22 and preparing for his 14th major start. Tiger Woods versus Rory McIlroy is the only story in golf
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April 02, 2012

Two Man Game

Each was a prodigy and an only child. One is 36 and has won 14 majors, the other is 22 and preparing for his 14th major start. Tiger Woods versus Rory McIlroy is the only story in golf

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Four days after Doral, Woods appeared on Good Morning America in New York City, and he was relaxed and loose and fun. Was he under the spell of the extraordinary Robin Roberts? Was he inspired by his desire to sell the game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13? Whatever motivated him, it was a command performance. How many units did he move in those five minutes? A bunch. Tiger Woods, as Robin Roberts noted in another context, is "all about the numbers." Nothing truer has ever been said of him. On the range at Doral, Woods wanted to know the loft on Jason Day's driver. Day himself didn't even know.

How will you feel if Tiger's in the mix on Sunday at Augusta? Awed, for sure, just as we all felt watching him at Bay Hill. But will you pump when he pumps? The Southern fraternity brothers will be there for him, but what about the gals? The Tiger Woods action figures marked down to $3.98 in supermarket toy sections suggest diminished enthusiasm on the distaff side. And what will your rooting heart do if McIlroy is right there with him? Tiger plays for second-chancers, single fathers, true believers in the post-racial American dream. Tiger, when he was even younger than Rory is now, talked about being Cablinasian, but now he's a different sort of melting pot. He's Lance Armstrong and Michael Jordan, he's Clinton and Romney. He used to be American Express, and if he wins at Augusta next week maybe he will be again.

Against all that, doesn't rooting for Rory just seem so ... easy?

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