"I think the first time I met Tiger, I was a little star struck," said McIlroy, who turned 23 last week. "I watched him on TV winning majors by 15 and 12 and doing things that no one else could.
"I was more nervous -- it's funny, I was talking about this last night. I was more nervous meeting Tiger than I was meeting Barack Obama."
McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland, met Obama earlier this year at the White House as part of an Irish function. He said he met Woods at age 15 at a Scott Cameron putting studio and first watched Woods at the Dubai Dessert Classic as an amateur -- while playing in the event.
Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.