AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Rory McIroy is compared to Tiger Woods in terms of potential but he's miles ahead of Woods when it comes to the interview room. McIlroy was first to the podium this morning and openly discussed last year's final-round 80 that dropped him to a tie for 15th after he went into Sunday with a four-shot lead.
He joked about the errant tee shot that put him near the cabins lining No. 10. He spoke of crying for the first time in a long time during a subsequent phone conversation with his mother. He was touched by a call he received from Greg Norman -- a Masters participant snakebit unlike any other -- the following week. McIlroy's the antithesis of Tiger, who's made it his business to keep people from delving below the surface.
McIlroy's ability to come to grips with his Masters demise set up his U.S. Open triumph two months later. And he says that this year he arrived with a "let's contend" approach instead of the "let's see what happens" mindset he brought here last year.
-- Bob DiCesare