On Golf: Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the Giants of the Modern...

On Golf: Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the Giants of the Modern Game

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But neither McIlroy, 28, nor Spieth, 23, is striving to be the next Palmer or Nicklaus, never mind the next Tiger Woods, the 14-time major winner whose career has become the yardstick by which every player’s strides are measured.

In 2000, at age 24, Woods became the fifth male player to complete a career grand slam, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Nicklaus. Golf is a long-distance race, which was borne out by the participation in this year’s British Open of 60-year-old Mark O’Meara. But Spieth’s stirring victory on Sunday turned men’s golf into a mad sprint to the finish to see who will be the next player to join that elite fraternity.

McIlroy has been…



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