Small talk is as much a part of golf as lob shots and sand wedges. So what might a couple of golf heavyweights like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy discuss on a typical day at the links? Why the Dodgers and Giants, of course.
The audio is a little tough to decipher but the conversation, which took place sometime during Round 1 of Thursday’s PGA Championship in San Francisco, begins with Woods pointing out McIlroy’s orange and black bag. “Giants colors. Couldn’t do it,” said Woods, conveniently forgetting the tiger-striped head cover poking out the top of his own bag.
Woods attended college in the Bay Area (he’s a Stanford alum) but grew up a Dodgers fan in Orange County. McIlroy, a native of Northern Ireland, seemed unaware of L.A.’s fierce rivalry with San Francisco, acknowledging his lack of baseball knowledge. Lucky for him, Woods was happy to explain.
“Who do you root for in soccer?” asked Tiger. When Rory revealed his Manchester United fandom, Woods noted sporting Giants colors on his bag would be the equivalent of McIlroy donning Liverpool (Man U’s longtime Premier League rival) red and white. It’s not a perfect analogy—Manchester and Liverpool share similar color schemes—but McIlroy understood the sentiment. “That’s how much we hate the Giants,” said Woods, again making his Dodgers allegiance abundantly clear.
Baseball musings aside, Woods logged an opening round 68 at TPC Harding Park, putting him three strokes off the lead after 18 holes. The 15-time major champion left plenty of meat on the bone, missing five fairways en route to Thursday’s -2 finish. Woods, Rory and Justin Thomas just started Friday’s round, teeing off at 1:48 PM local time. That’s airing right now on ESPN.