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Donald - "Rory More Talented Than Tiger"

Big claims from world number one

Posted Dec 09, 2011 by Chris White

McIlroy won his first major at the 2011 US Open

World number one Luke Donald feels as though his rival at the top of the world rankings and the biggest threat to his dream of winning both money lists is “more talented than Tiger Woods.”

Donald feels as though his first round playing partner at the Dubai World Championship, Rory McIlroy, has more overall talent than the 14-time major winner. By “talent” Donald elaborated by saying he meant that McIlroy has a more free-flowing swing and makes everything look so natural and easy.

“I think Tiger has always had a great work ethic and a tremendous mind-set as well. Tiger’s always been the best at getting the ball in the hole when it matters most, that’s not just talent, that’s something else too. But Rory makes every look incredibly easy. It’s almost effortless what he does and he’s only going to get better as he plays in more finals and majors.”

Donald has the chance to become the first man to win both the US and European money lists if he finishes in the top nine in Dubai, even if McIlroy wins the event. “I fully expect Rory to put some pressure on me. I’ve always said that of all the guys I’ve played with on the tour, Rory has the most talent that I have ever played with.”

The next few days will show whether or not Donald is right about McIlroy, and also just how good Luke Donald is himself. He is still yet to win a major, despite topping the world rankings for the majority of 2011. A fitting way to win the European Race to Dubai would be for him to win the event, and to become the first player to win both lists. Only time will tell on both counts.

Woods-McIlroy Comparisons:

WOODS – 35 years of age

McILROY – 22 years of age


WOODS – debut in 1996

McILROY – debut in 2007


WOODS – 14 Majors

McILROY – 1 Major


WOODS – 98 career victories

McILROY – 5 career victories


WOODS – 21st in world rankings

McILROY – 2nd in world rankings

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