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'Rory McIlroy playing second fiddle to Jordan Spieth'

June 24, 2015

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The headline to this story in the Belfast Telegraph: "Rory McIlroy playing second fiddle to Jordan Speith." "Rory's now got to step up to the plate," former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley said. "As commendable as his performance was on Sunday and again during the final round of The Masters, the bottom line is he's had too much ground to make up in both tournaments. He's made the mistake of getting off to slow starts in each of the last two Majors and Jordan has gone on to win both of them. He's putting it up to Rory which can only be a good thing."


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"Could the golfing summer be set up any more perfectly?" Derek Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mail. "Is there anyone who now doubts we are in at the start of a rivalry that is going to have us pinned to our seats for the next decade? For the first time in the game's long history the world No 1 and world No 2 hold all four majors between them and the next stop just happens to be — honestly, who is writing these scripts? — the Home of Golf itself."


Australian Cameron McCormick is Jordan Spieth's instructor, and Australian Golf Digest's Evan Priest caught up with him after Spieth's U.S. Open victory. "This achievement is the culmination of over a decade of dreaming and working on his part and I'm overjoyed to have shared this journey with him…I'm a caring confidant, a compass to his training and development and sometimes a fire extinguisher when he gets off track and needs a fast correction. But I'm never a crutch - he doesn't rely on me, as he's developed his own knowledge of what works for him and how he best competes and conquers all his goals."


"Technology is ruining the game." Champions Tour player Woody Austin is not alone in this assessment, just the latest to voice it, in this story by Steve Pajak of the Sacramento Bee in advance of the U.S. Senior Open in the area. "The way it is now, the best putter wins. The golf ball does it all for you. You don't need to control it with spin or shape shots anymore. Now they just fly the ball to where they want to go."