Published: 11:24 | 8/8/17

Spieth says McIlroy is "the man to beat"


Jordan Spieth believes Rory McIlroy is "the man to beat" at this week's US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, which will be shown live on eir sport in Ireland.

Open winner Spieth partnered world number four McIlroy in the opening two rounds of last week's WGC-Bridgestone, and was impressed by the Northern Ireland golfer's impressive driving display. 

McIlroy finished tied for fifth at Firestone Country Club and hit 52 drives of 300 or more yards during his four rounds, and world number two Spieth says the 28-year-old is capable of blowing away the field from the tee at this week's final major of the season.

"I played with him the first two days, and the way that he is driving the golf ball, if he continues to do it there he just has a massive advantage over the field at that point," Speith said.

Spieth, who finished tied 13th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after a final-round 68, could become the youngest winner of golf's career Grand Slam with victory at Quail Hollow this week.

2015 Masters and 2015 US Open winner Spieth, 24, added the Open title at Royal Birkdale last month and could join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen in the select group to win all four majors with victory in North Carolina this week.

But Spieth is playing down his chances by insisting that his game is not quite at its peak, despite three wins and a further four more top-four finishes on the PGA Tour since January. 

"I know what I need to work on," said Spieth. 

"Really each part of the game, there's something that I need to just put in some work with, but I do know what it is and that's the best part."

All four days of the PGA Championship from Quail Hollow, 10-13 August, will be shown live in Ireland on eir sport. 

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