Originally written April 09, 2013 on Fox Sports:
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Rory McIlroy on Tuesday nominated 1997 and 2005 as the most memorable Masters tournaments he has watched on television. Wonder what those two have in common? No prizes for knowing that they were both won by Tiger Woods. The 23-year-old McIlroy is still as much of a fan as a rival of the man who took his world No. 1 ranking away last month. He grew up in Northern Ireland as a child prodigy idolizing the king of child golfing prodigies, wanting to be Woods as much as dreaming of beating him. But the truth is McIlroy's not the next Tiger Woods. Woods is unique in that he not only possesses otherworldly talent but a feverish desire to hone it, improve it; get better. It's no coincidence that the players Woods most admires are those with the strongest work ethic. Instead of the next Woods, McIlroy is more like the next Phil Mickelson: a player with stratospheric talent but one whose disposition -- and dedication -- means he can be either brilliant or, as someone close to M...
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