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Real or not, golf's future rests on Jordan Spieth-Rory McIlroy rivalry

Real or not, golf's future rests on Jordan Spieth-Rory McIlroy rivalry

The whipsaw of golf affection now offers Jordan Spieth as the heir to all that Tiger Woods has abandoned. Just a few minutes ago it was Rory McIlroy. Golf is like that, creating paper rivalries, needing conflict, more imagined than actual, to keep the TV remote in the couch cushion. Nothing is duller than a one-horse race, unless it is clay-court doubles. Alas, young McIlroy has hobbled himself, leaving the summer to Spieth, who did not need anyone to hand it to him. Just as Woods once modestly said he was no Jack Nicklaus, so does Spieth confess he is no Woods, and what golfer would want to be at this point? Whether Spieth is McIlroy is what matters and the sooner the better. If our...

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