Golf’s 15th ranked player in the world Graeme McDowell is extremely proud of the achievements of his countryman, close friend and Ryder Cup team mate after the 22 year old reached the top of the OWGR rankings, stating that he is by far the best player that he has had the chance to play with, as well as against.
McIlroy became the world number one after he held off a challenge from his idol and perhaps the biggest superstar in the history of golf, Tiger Woods to win the Honda Classic at Florida a couple of weeks back to become the world’s number one, dethroning English golfer Luke Donald in the process.
McDowell stated that at 22 years of age, McIlroy’s status as the best golfer in the world might seem to be premature for most people but not to him. He added that there were just a few missing links to Rory becoming a dominant force in golf and it was only a matter of time before he discovered those missing links.
Speaking to the media just before tee off of the Cadillac Championships, one of the most prestigious events of the World Golf Championship, Graeme McDowell said that the moment Rory learned how to putt the ball spelt danger for most of the other professional golfers and the results are there for all to see.
Asked if he had to do anything with McIlroy becoming the world’s number one golfer, the shy McDowell commented that the youngster didn’t need his help. He went on to claim that he hadn’t seen or played against Tiger Woods in his prime but he can challenge that McIlroy is getting there and when he’s done, there would be no stopping him.
Graeme McDowell finally stated that McIlroy promised him an expensive bottle of champagne if he became the world number one and he’s still to receive the gift.