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Has Woods identified his own heir apparent?

March 14, 2009

Tiger Woods has been witness to a parade of would-be challengers, none of whom actually challenged, and none of whom he endorsed as an heir to his throne. Until now. He was asked when Rory McIlroy, 19, could one day be ranked No. 1 in the world.

"There's no doubt," he said after third-round play at the WGC-CA Championship Saturday. "There's no doubt. The guy's a talent. Hopefully while I'm not around, or while I'm around. Certainly he has the talent. We can all see it: The way he hits the golf ball, the way he putts, the way he can chip, get up-and-down. He has the composure. He has all of the components to be the best player in the world, there's no doubt.

It's just a matter of time and experience, and then basically gaining that experience in big events."

-- John Strege