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Jordan Spieth Can Take No. 1 From Rory McIlroy at Whistling Straits

Jordan Spieth Fires Second Round 67 to Jump into PGA Contention
The marquee group made moves on Friday, with Jordan Spieth shooting a 5-under par 67 to finish one shot back of leader David Lingmerth, and Rory McIlroy making an eagle to finish 2-under after two rounds.

Rory McIlroy isn’t only defending his 2014 PGA Championship title at Whistling Straits this week. He’s also defending his world No. 1 ranking.

Jordan Spieth is closing in on McIlroy’s throne, aided by the Northern Irishman’s absence from competitive golf between the U.S. Open and PGA Championship due to an ankle injury.

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Here is the list of scenarios in which the defending Masters and U.S. Open champ can oust McIlroy from the top spot at the PGA Championship.

  • Spieth wins and McIlroy finishes worse than solo second
  • Spieth finishes solo second and McIlroy fails to finish in top six
  • Spieth finishes T2 with one other player and McIlroy finishes outside top 13
  • Spieth finishes T2 with two other players and McIlroy finishes outside top 33
  • Spieth finishes solo third and McIlroy misses the cut

At 2-under par through 36 holes, McIlroy has safely made the cut (currently projected at +3), but the first three scenarios are very much in play.

Spieth sits at 6-under, one off the lead after Friday's morning wave. He would be the 18th player to be ranked No. 1 and, at 22, the youngest to hold the position since Tiger Woods became No. 1 in June of 1997 at 21 years, 167 days old.

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