News & ToursAugust 12, 2015

Despite his success, Jordan Spieth remains envious of Rory McIlroy

HAVEN, Wis. -- It's good to be Jordan Spieth. He's grabbed two major championships before turning 22. While most young adults his age are living in a rundown apartment or their parents' basement, dude has a place that's fit for MTV Cribs. He just signed a mega-deal with Under Armour, one that will give him his own logo.

Perhaps most impressively, his stellar 2015 campaign has made Spieth the new face of the sport.

Of course, there's that Rory McIlroy character to take into account. And as Spieth confessed at his Wednesday press conference at Whistling Straits, he's green-eyed when it comes to McIlroy's game on one aspect.

"I wish I could hit it as far as he does," Spieth said.

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Spieth enters the PGA Championship ranked 76th on tour in driving distance. Though his stats don't qualify due to a lack of rounds this year, McIlroy finished third in the long-ball category in 2014.

Not that Spieth plans to continue that concession.

"I work towards that. I've gotten a little bit longer each year, and hopefully can continue to do so."

Still, Spieth knows the distance difference can be substantive.

"The way he hits, when he's driving the ball well, just like Dustin [Johnson], just like Bubba [Watson], when they're hitting the ball straight with as far they do, they're playing a different golf course. I certainly envy that.

"There's not much I can do about it right now except try to hit my approaches even closer and make a few more putts."

See, kids? Turns out you can't have it all.

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