Rory Mcllroy received the highest of all plaudits in the form of Tiger Woods for his impressive victory at the Players Championship at Sawgrass on Sunday.
After the win, amidst his celebrations, Mcllroy was caught on camera explaining how Woods had texted him after the game to congratulate him.
It was well deserved too. The Northern Irishman has enjoyed a successful 2019 campaign so far and has moved up to world number four.
The 29-year-old ended the final round on 70 to finish 16 under par and claim his first major tournament of the year, becoming only the second British golfer to win at Sawgrass behind Sandy Lyle, who did so in 1987.
He must now turn full attention to the most coveted prize in golf – The Masters. It starts soon too as the Augusta National opens on April 11.
Mcllroy is yet to win the green jacket but will be looking to win both the Players Championship and The Masters in the same year. This has only been done once before when Woods achieved the feat in 2001.
In a video showing the immediate aftermath of Mcllroy's win, he can be heard reading out the message of congratulations he received from Woods.
“Good playing kid, just awesome stuff,” texted Tiger. High praise indeed.
Often has Mcllroy performed well in the Masters – finishing in the top ten in each of the last five years- but never has he gone any further. It remains the only major honour left out of his impressive golfing CV.
The modern era career Grand Slam is made up of the Open Championship, US Open, Masters and US PGA Tour. Only five players have had the successes of all of them: Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.
The 29-year-old will hope to be the sixth but has assured himself that he is not going to get carried away by his recent good performances.
He said: “I don't want to look too far ahead. I really want to enjoy this.
“I've got a week off. I've actually got an interior design meeting on Monday morning to pick out some stuff for our new house, so that's the next port of call.
“I feel like I've managed the first six tournaments of the year very well, even with some noise around me, whether it is, 'He can't close, he can't play on Sundays, blah, blah, blah.
“I've just got to do my thing, and if I go and I concentrate on me, control what I can do, good golf and good attitude takes care of the rest.
“And if I go to Augusta with a similar golf game to what I have now and the attitude I've shown over the first few weeks of the year, I think I'll have a great chance.”News Now - Sport News