Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at the 2014 Open Championship in Hoylake, England.
Ross Kinnaird/R&A
By Mike Walker
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

No one more was impressed with Jordan Spieth’s final-round 63 to win the Australian Open than his fellow competitor Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, who won this event last year, finished 15 strokes behind Spieth, and afterward tweeted his admiration for Spieth’s round.

McIlroy knows about going low. He shot 62 in the final round to win the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, tied the lowest-ever round at a major with a 63 at the 2010 British Open, and posted a course-record 61 as a 16-year-old at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

At 21, Spieth is one of the few players in golf who would see 25-year-old McIlroy as an elder statesmen, but McIlroy has embraced that role with Spieth, as you can see in the Twitter exchange below:

 

 

 

 

This story was originally published on Nov. 30, 2014.

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