Rory McIlroy is world No. 2 and is not bothered at the least by the demotion.
For most of the last year, McIlroy stood on the top of the golfing world and, for a while, put the name Tiger Woods in the rearview mirror. But that all ended Monday when his friend Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time and his third PGA Tour event in 2013.
The win, Woods' 77th, not only has pushed McIlroy off a lofty perch as No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but now the Ulsterman believes he has been relegated to the background with a cadre of others on the PGA Tour.
McIlroy texted his friend Tuesday morning to congratulate Woods on his win. Woods response was chiding, but also pointed, as a friend will do.
"Just congratulated him and stuff as well, and he said everything was good there," McIlroy said his back-and-forth with Woods. "Told me to get my finger out of my (rear end) and win this week."
McIlroy is playing this week at the Shell Houston Open in his final prep...