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Video: Rory McIlroy talks trash to Tiger Woods ahead of the Ryder Cup

Jonathan Wall
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Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last week (and if so, welcome back!), you probably know Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are playing together for the first two rounds at The Barclays.

Sure, it's only the first phase of the FedExCup and there usually isn't a whole lot on the line early in the week, but if you're a golf fan, you can't complain when two of the biggest names in the sport are grouped together at a marquee event. Depending on how things shake out over the next month, one can only hope this isn't the last time we see Woods and McIlroy paired together before their 18-hole exhibition match in China later this fall.

There's a small three-day event going on at Medinah Country Club next month called the Ryder Cup that would be the perfect stage for a head-to-head battle for bragging rights. Despite the fact that the matches are still a month off, McIlroy took the time to not just answer a question about the Ryder Cup, during his Wednesday press conference, but lob a bit of trash talk Tiger Woods' way.

"Yeah, I'd love to go out there," McIlroy joked. "I'd love Tiger to go out first and kick his ass."

With Woods standing in the back of the room, there's no question McIlroy was having a bit of fun with the 14-time major winner and the assembled media. The big question was how Woods would respond when he took the podium.

Of course, someone asked him shortly thereafter about Rory's comments, and if he really thought Rory could "kick his ass" at Medinah -- a course where Woods held off a hard-charging 19-year-old by the name of Sergio Garcia to win the 1999 PGA Championship.

"At Medinah?" Woods said with a slight smile. "No."

The Ryder Cup can't get here soon enough.

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