KOHLER, Wis. (WFRV) — In the eight times Rory McIlory and Jordan Spieth have played together, McIlory has bested Spieth by 22 shots.

And the two will play together for the ninth time Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship.

McIlory said people can’t look too much into the head-to-head record, especially playing together in the first two rounds of a tournament.

“Maybe if it was the final round and we were in contention to win you can maybe look into it a bit more,”he said.  “We’re all going to have bad days and it just so happened that Jordan had a couple of off days whenever we were playing together.”

“Rory’s an inspiring player, as you guys already know, and I enjoy playing with him,” Spieth said.  “It’s fun when you can feed off guys that are incredible golfers, but that’s kind of everyone that we play with week-to-week now.”  

The two have won three of the last four majors dating back to the 2014 PGA Championship, but the golf narrative has shifted from McIlory to Spieth in the last few months.  

“We live in such a world that everything’s so reactionary and everything happens so quickly that a year ago after I won this tournament it was the Rory era and then Jordan wins the Masters and it’s the Jordan era,” McIlroy said.  “And eras last about six months these days instead of 20 years. But it’s just the way the world is. With social media and everything having to be instant, it’s the world that we live in.” 

McIlroy is ranked first in the World Golf Rankings, but Spieth can overtake the No. 1 position this weekend.  Being the No. 1 ranked player in the world is something only a handful of golfers can relate to.

“There’s a number of them that understand what it’s like,” Spieth said.  “I don’t know what that feels like yet. That will be a new goal, if I can accomplish the one prior at some point in my career.”
McIlroy and Spieth tee off Thursday at 1:20 p.m. with British Open winner Zach Johnson.