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Friday, 1 May 2015

Rory Shows Why He's Number One

If you were wondering why Rory McIlroy is number one in the world golf rankings, you were treated to another example today in his match with Billy Horschel. Struggling with a balky putter and a tough, fired-up opponent, Rory waited until he was two down with two to play to dig deep and produce a spectacular run of birdies to win the match.

McIlroy is the real deal. He may be somewhat unpredictable, or inconsistent, but, when the chips are down, he's still the man. At least he was today, when faced with a strong challenge by Billy Horschel. I think we are going to see the beginning of a great rivalry between McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. It didn't materialize this week because Spieth ran into a buzz saw in an inspired Lee Westwood today.

There are many terrific players in the game today. But, for now, Rory stands alone at the top of the game. Today, we were once again shown just why that is. But, look out, Rory. There's a new kid in town, and his name is Spieth.