Sports McIlroy defends comments he made on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickleson

World number one Golf player Rory McIlroy has defended the comments he made about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

McIlroy was widely criticised for saying that both Golfers are in: “the last few holes of their careers”

However speaking at a press conference for the commencement of the Tour Championship in Atlanta,McIlroy claimed that it was misinterpreted.

“Not really. I mean, Phil has played well in parts this year. He came really close to winning the PGA (finishing second behind McIlroy). I feel like he’s gotten a little better as the year has went on.

“But it’s a lot of golf for him to play in such a short space of time. So you could see he was getting a little tired the last couple of weeks. And, I mean, Tiger’s not here just because he’s been injured or he is injured. He hasn’t had the opportunity to play.

“But I think if he gets back and when he gets back to full fitness, you’ll see him back here again. So I’m not sure… they’re just getting older. Phil’s 43 or whatever (actually 44) and Tiger’s nearly 40 (Woods turns 39 in December).

“So they’re getting into the sort of last few holes of their career. And that’s what happens. You get injured. Phil has to deal with an arthritic condition as well. So it obviously just gets harder as you get older. I’ll be able to tell you in 20 years how it feels.”