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Is the Real No. 1 Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth? Let the Debate Begin

Spieth Win Means Golf's Next Great Rivalry Has Arrived
Arnie had Jack. Tiger had Phil. And after Jordan Spieth's victory in the 2015 Masters, Jeff Ritter says that Rory McIlroy finally has met his match. 

Rory McIlroy may be the nominal No. 1, but Jordan Spieth is the real No. 1 because he had 37 one-putt greens and made 20 putts (!) from eight feet and over in winning, no, dominating, the 79th Masters wire to wire.

Spieth may have inched ever closer to McIlroy, sliding into the second spot in the World Ranking, but McIlroy is still No. 1 because his body of work—four majors to Spieth’s one—is still stronger.

Jordan should be No. 1 because he’s a better putter, and at 21 it’s only a matter of time before he catches Rory anyway.

Rory is more deserving of No. 1 because he’s a better driver, and the long game is what most separates the best from the rest.

Jordan is de facto No. 1 because his 2015—two wins, two seconds and three other top 10s—is by far the best on Tour, and winless Rory has looked strangely tired and out of sorts despite his shredded abs.

Rory showed why he’s the real No. 1 when, without ever really hitting on all cylinders, he shot 66 on Sunday and finished fourth at Augusta.

Soon-to-be No. 1 Jordan still beat him by a touchdown.

To be continued…

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