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McCoy: Woods fascinated by jockey lifestyle

ESPN staff
December 11, 2013

AP McCoy has revealed how Tiger Woods showed interest into the life of a jockey while the pair were playing at a charity golf tournament.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, McCoy - who recently secured his 4,000th career winner - stated world No. 1 Woods asked both himself and fellow jump jockey Ruby Walsh about the injuries they had suffered in the saddle.

McCoy had been paired with Woods for a pro-am event in 2010, organised by racehorse owner JP McManus. The 18-time champion jockey admitted he was honoured to partner the American, who he described as "fascinated" by the jockey lifestyle.

"Ruby Walsh was caddying for me, even though he had broken his arms a few week before, and Tiger was very interested in our lifestyles," McCoy told the Telegraph.

"He was fascinated by all the injuries. So many of us conduct large parts our lives through injury problems that people never see, and he wanted to know how we coped. It was one of the great privileges of my life."

McCoy endured a delayed start to the 2013/14 jumps season after suffering a heavy fall on Quantitativeeasing at Cheltenham in April, which left him with broken ribs.

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