PGA Tour: Rory McIlroy likened to Tiger Woods ahead of Pebble Beach showdown

Day is returning to competition this week at Pebble Beach for a first occasion since ending a long winless drought in capturing last fortnight’s Farmers Insurance Open in a play-off over Swede Alex Noren.

is making his AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am debut and in what is the first of some seven events in the eight-week lead-up to the April 5th commencing Masters.

And in visiting the Pebble Beach Media Centre on the eve of the £5.3m event, Day was asked what he admired most about McIlroy’s game.

“Rory’s just explosive. Not only explosive off the tee and with his iron shots, but he’s just, he can make a lot of birdies quickly,” said Day.

“He’s a guy that’s not afraid of going low and lapping the field. We have seen that at the PGA and the U.S. Open. I was on the back end of the U.S. Open, I finished second there and I lost by eight shots.

“So, he’s not afraid, which is how champions think. I think the biggest thing for Rory is how, like the desire part, how much do you really want it because he has the tools to be kind of Tigeresque.

“Tiger is Tiger, but to have, be in the same sentence as Tiger is pretty unique and special to be able to say that. And I think Rory has the ability to go out there and win more Majors than he has right now and I’m sure that’s what he wants to do.”

Of course, Day is now the father of two children and while they keep he and his wife busy, the now 30-year-old Cleveland-based Aussie finds time to watch the Golf Channel and admits this keeps him abreast of what his ‘rivals’ are up to.

“I watch a little bit of Golf Channel so  I keep up on only through what the guys say on the Golf Channel, but to your point about how many wins they have, I know how many wins they have, but it doesn’t worry me such as in I just got to – I worry about myself and that’s the way golf is, it’s very selfish that way, but I just, all I know is that I just need to kind of try and hit my goals and if I can just focus on that, then I’ll be fine,” said Day.

“But, yeah, these guys, like Jordan I think is on 11 wins and Justin Thomas is on seven wins. So, and I know where they’re at, but I’ve got my goals that I need to worry about and if I can hit those then hopefully just takes care of the rest.”

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