McIlroy surprised by reaction to comments on Tiger

Sep 11, 2014 7:47 PM

ATLANTA (AP) - Rory McIlroy is perplexed that his remarks on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson not being eligible for the Tour Championship caused so many headlines.

McIlroy was asked Wednesday if golf's two biggest stars not being at East Lake was a changing of the guard. He disagreed, saying that Mickelson was playing a long stretch of golf and Woods was injured most of the year.

Noting their ages and injuries, he said they were "getting into the sort of last few holes of their careers."

McIlroy says he was surprised by the reaction he read Wednesday night on Twitter. He says it made him wonder if he said anything wrong, and he doesn't think he did. He says he thought his comments in context were complimentary.

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