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September 12 2012

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Miller: Tiger would be longer than Rory

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Rory McIlroy ranks sixth in driving distance this season while Tiger Woods ranks 34th.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM Given the same modern-day equipment, Johnny Miller thinks Tiger Woods would have been much longer than Rory McIlroy at the early stages of their careers. While discussing next week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Miller, the NBC golf analyst, said Woods would have hit the ball some 20 yards farther off the tee than McIlroy. McIlroy, sixth in driving distance on the PGA TOUR at 309.8 yards, has won three of his past four tournaments, including the Deutsche Bank Championship and last week's BMW Championship in the Playoffs. Woods is right behind McIlroy at No. 2 in the FedExCup standings and is 34th in driving distance (297.3). "They’re both long," Miller said. "I will say if Tiger had the ball and the clubs they use now and he was 19 years old he would fly McIlroy by 15, 20 yards. "Tiger had 132 miles of clubhead speed when he was 19 or 20. Nobody's even been in that league. He would make Bubba Watson look like an average hitter if he was 19." In his first season on the PGA TOUR in 1996, Woods, then 20 years old, would have ranked No. 1 in driving distance at 302.8 yards if he played in enough events. John Daly was the official leader in driving distance in 1996 at 288.8 yards. For the rest of the 1990s, Woods averaged in the 290s. Do you agree with Miller? Let us know in the comments section below.
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