Rory McIlroy
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy holds the U.S. Open Trophy after winning the 2011 U.S. Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, June 19, 2011. Reuters

Rory McIlroy made some striking comments in his post-tournament press conference on neglecting to mention Tiger Woods, while mentioning other great golfers like Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.

McIlroy became the second-youngest person since World War II to win a major, older than only Tiger Woods.

However, during his press conference, McIlroy said the following:

But the thing about these major championships is the history, the prestige, and just to be able to add your name to a list like Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, you know, that's the most satisfying thing about it.

Tiger Woods was unable to compete in this year's tournament due to pain in his left ankle and knee. Woods has been on a downturn since 2009 and didn't win a single tournament in 2010.

Still, Woods is still the most recognizable name in golf and seems like an obvious person to mention as a prestigious major champion, coming in second to only Jack Nicklaus in total major wins.

McIlroy's comment generally went unnoticed during the press conference.

What are your thoughts on the omission? Was it intentional? Is there a budding rivalry between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy?

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