And McGinley is anxious that the criticism will blow McIlroy off course in his bid to become the first Irishman - and only the fifth golfer in history - to complete the Majors Grand Slam at The Masters. Woods has not said anything about the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks or the Masters from April 6 to 9.
"He struggled with his body over the past couple years and it's unfortunate because it just won't allow him to do what he wants to do". Seeing his professional rival working hard to get back up can be tough but it is the right approach to do.
The four-time Major champion played through the pain barrier with a rib injury that week.
While McIlroy has only positive vibes for Woods, another golf player thinks otherwise.
McIlroy didn't let on when he thought Woods would be back, but hopes it will be soon. I was just doing what I felt was respectful.
"I am not being critical of Rory but look to Tiger Woods and what he did in his career".
"Although he came fifth, he didn't really contend".
Dustin Johnson, 32, Jordan Spieth, 23, Hideki Matsuyama, 25, Rickie Fowler, 28 and Justin Thomas, 23, have all won big tournaments while Wee-Mac has been absent.
"Rory has taken a position in the media, a very strong position of being open and honest about a number of issues and a number of things and he's entered into a lot of debates which is great, because it gives us a great insight into Rory".
ADAM SCOTT will be planning his schedule a little differently this year, some because of life circumstances.
The 36-year-old revealed he would commute to the United States from his Gold Coast home twice in the first half of the season.
"Just this year", he said. A spike-mark was on his line and, aiming just outside it, he missed the hole to hand the glory to the US.
His wife is due with their second child toward the end of August. That's what Pádraig said and I agree fully with him. "I'm not the seasoned traveler I once was". The Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone was already built into the schedule a week ahead of the PGA Championship. The same occurrence has also happened during his participation at the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic.
Added McIlroy: "I didn't expect the ball to go as far".
"Took it on the putting green and it's back in the bag", he said. That was part of the reason I wanted to go and play.
"I was hitting eight irons today 210 yards". You might remember Poulter making five straight birdies that sparked Europe's comeback in the Ryder Cup.
McGinley says you could see how uncomfortable Shane Lowry was to be asked about Trump.
"If it had been Obama I would have gone to play".
So it's the putter and not the player? "But we have to blame somebody, and you might as well blame your putter".