It’s an intriguing and gratifying rivalry, the one between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
There would seem to be room for resentment or coolness, especially from McIlroy. After joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win four majors before age 25, McIlroy was anointed the next dominant player to Woods. The golden swing, the power game, the ability to blow away a field all made him historically special.
But after the Northern Irishman won the last two majors of 2014, Spieth won the first two of 2015 to wrench away the new crown. The young Texan is No. 1 on the World Ranking and tops Golf Digest’s list for money earners on and off the course. McIlroy, meanwhile, has dropped to third in the world, behind Jason Day.