Rory McIlroy vs Jordan Spieth
When you look at golf today and the array of talent on display, two players spring to mind: Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Equal in status at the top of the sport and both previous World number 1s, they will one day enter the Hall of Fame alongside other golf legends.
Considering they are both at the early stages of their careers their achievements are fairly staggering. Rory McIlroy is 28 years old and the current world number 4. He turned pro in 2007 and has already won a total of 13 career PGA Tour titles. This coupled with the fact he is a four-time majors winner. Winning the 2011 U.S Open with a record score of 16 under par, he did not have to wait long to gain that next major, winning the 2012 PGA Championship – setting another record, this time winning by 8 strokes. 2014 was however his finest year when the Northern Irishman won both the Open championship and the PGA Championship.
Jordan Spieth is another to set records and joins McIlroy in a select list of just four to win three majors by the age of 25. However, Spieth joined an elusive group of two with the legend that is Jack Nicklaus; the pair both won three separate majors before their 24th birthday. Spieth turned pro in 2012 and is still only 24 years of age. The Texas-born golfer. has 11 PGA tour wins to date, amassing them in a very short period of time. With three majors to his name he is able to rival McIlroy in this department.
Spieth began his rise to the pinnacle of the sport when he tied Tiger Woods’ shot record of 18 under to win his first major. That was the 2015 Masters tournament in which he pocketed $1.8 million to boot. Following this, he won the 2015 Tour Championship and therefore clinched the 2015 FedEx Cup, forming an ever-growing legacy. His final major was gained in winning the recent 2017 Open championship.
Looking through both of their careers they have continued to amaze the golfing public and experts, with record after record being broken and competitors struggling to rival them. They have both already made eye watering amounts of money in their careers with McIlroy just edging his younger foe. Spieth has earnings of $32,584,648 compared to McIlroy’s $36,102,986.
It is now a race between the two to win the career Grand Slam. Both requiring just one more of the calendar majors. Spieth is yet to win the PGA Championship but has a chance to change that in the coming weeks. He will be fancied for the tournament following his recent success and many PGA Championship bets will be on him. McIlroy has already won the tournament on two occasions, back in 2012 and 2014. McIlroy’s elusive tournament is the biggest prize of all: The Masters, and putting on the famous green jacket. Spieth won this tournament in 2015 and has gone close on other occasions too, including possibly the most shocking and memorable moment in golf – his collapse at the 12th hole on his final round when looking to have already secured victory. He brushed it off like the true champion he is and it will be interesting in the coming years whether the pair can continue to remain at the top of the game.