Tiger Sends Classic Congratulatory Text To Rory

Tiger Woods, at 43-years-old, is most certainly sees himself as an elder statesman on the modern PGA Tour.

Despite being the No. 13-ranked player in the world, Woods is never slow to bemoan his aging body and receding hairline. And following a middle-of-the-pack T30 finish at The Players Championship, Woods, like the rest of the golf world, caught the impressive back-nine charge Rory McIlroy put together to win his first Players Championship.

As PGA Tour cameras followed McIlroy through the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse, McIlroy told PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan that Tiger was one of the first people to send a congratulatory text message.

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“The second (text) I got from Tiger,” McIlroy told Monahan. “‘Good playing kid. Just awesome stuff.'”

“Kid?” Monahan questioned with a laugh.

McIlroy is almost 30 years old, but when he burst on the scene over a decade ago, he most definitely was a kid — and remains so — to those he competed against when he was the bouncing, freckle-faced 18-year-old from Northern Ireland.

Tiger wasn’t the only one to send congrats McIlroy’s way. He announced that only a few minutes after the victory, he had already received 86 text messages and even more congratulations on social media.