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WINDERMERE, Fla. — Tiger Woods took in stride the comments made by Rory McIlroy last week about him and Phil Mickelson being on the “last few holes” of their careers.

“I thought it was funny,” Woods said Monday at a news conference to promote his annual golf tournament. “I mean, Phil has less holes to play than I do, though. What is he, five years older than me or four? Yeah, so yeah, it’s a reality, you know? We’re all older.

“I’m nearing my 20th season on tour here coming up pretty soon. I’ve been out here for a while, and Phil has been out here for a while. … It’s just part of the aging process. When I first came out here on tour, I remember seeing some of these fellow players and their kids, and now I’m actually playing against their kids. It’s just how time goes on and time goes by.”

McIlroy was asked last week at the Tour Championship if he sensed there was a changing of the guard given that Woods and Mickelson both failed to qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time since 1992.

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