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That much is true, even as Rory McIlroy settles in as the new world No. 1 and doesn’t shy away from it.

The day after the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland held off Woods to win the Honda Classic and go to the top of the ranking, McIlroy was at Madison Square Garden before thousands of fans with a tennis racket in hand and Maria Sharapova on the other side of the net. It was a fun moment, something rarely _ make that, never _ seen from Woods.

On Tuesday, McIlroy tweeted a picture of New York fashion designer Alexander Nash fitting him for a suit. Turns out McIlroy has been invited to the White House for dinner on Wednesday. The only thing Woods shared Tuesday on Twitter was a link to a video commercial of himself with Shaquille O’Neal engaging in something called “Golf-Fu” for EA Sports.

Some observers suggested McIlroy shared more about himself in 15 minutes of a press conference last week than Woods had in 15 years.

It doesn’t matter.

Woods remains golf’s most compelling figure, whether people want to see him return to glory or continue to flounder.

Proof of that was an email that an Australian man sent to The Associated Press to say the Miami-Dade police department had been alerted to a pair of traffic violations by the 14-time major champion.

The man said Woods was seen sending a text on his mobile phone while driving away from Doral, and that the footage was sent out to a worldwide audience. And that’s not all.

Mr. Woods was constantly changing lanes whilst sending the text message and failed to indicate to the other drivers (indicators in Australia are the little orange lights on each corner of your vehicle),” the email said. “I am confident that your legislation is similar to ours in regards to their use.”

So we’ve gone from TV viewers calling in potential rules infractions to traffic violations?

Such is the life of Tiger Woods.

He brought this on himself by winning the Masters by 12 shots at age 21; winning the career Grand Slam when he was 24, then repeating the feat twice more; winning one U.S. Open by 15 shots and another on a shattered left leg; bringing in so many endorsements that his career earnings were in the neighborhood of $1 billion. And that was before one of the greatest downfalls in sports.

Woods feels as though there is a double standard, and he’s right.

But what does he expect? Who else from his generation has a body of work that’s even remotely comparable? And yet he sounded as though he were searching for sympathy two weeks ago at the Honda Classic when he said Nicklaus would have been under a similar microscope if Nicklaus had been part of this media era.

“It’s just a different deal, and I know that a lot of people don’t get the same analysis with their games that I do,” Woods said. “But it’s been that way since I turned pro.”

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