Rory McIlroy was in the gym and in a rare moment, he felt out of his element. Consider his company. McIlroy was at Augusta National last week with his father and went to the fitness centre at the club on Friday morning. Before long, in walked NFL Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. The next person through the door about 15 minutes later? Peyton Manning. They’re so dedicated and committed to what they do, especially those two guys Rory McIlroy “That was my time to leave,” McIlroy said. Along with being a little in awe, McIlroy was impressed. The Masters is three weeks away. Training camp for the NFL is four months away. “It’s their offseason,” McIlroy said. “I guess for me it was to see all those guys in the gym before their season starts and they’re so dedicated and committed to what they do, especially those two guys, Peyton and Tom. They’re both in their mid-30s and they want to prolong their careers as much as they can. “To see them putting so much into it even after 15 successful years ... it was great for me to see. It was inspirational in some ways.” He said there was some American football talk, mostly about all the trades that were going on. “It was nice to be in that little world for a couple of days and experience it,” he said. McIlroy described his two days at Augusta National as 100 per cent fun and zero per cent serious. It was a father-son outing with Augusta National members, and McIlroy and father Gerry wound up in what he described as the consolation match. McIlroy also said he played well the first day, though he wouldn’t give a score except to say it was in the 60s and not the course record.