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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Spieth inspired us all says Rory McIlroy after sealing World Match Play Championship

Rory McIlroy poses for photos with the Walter Hagen trophy after winning the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park
Rory McIlroy poses for photos with the Walter Hagen trophy after winning the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park

Unless he changed his routine, Rory McIlroy started celebrating his 26th birthday yesterday by going to the website of the Official World Golf Ranking to see where he stood. It was neither a gift nor a surprise.

Everyone knows he is No. 1. McIlroy only wants to know by how much.

"Every Monday morning, I go on the website and look at what my lead is - hopefully, lead - and tomorrow morning will be the same," he said.

This was shortly after he beat Gary Woodland, 4 and 2, to win the Match Play Championship. And it was in response to a question about whether McIlroy felt more like the No. 1 player with the trophy at his side than before he won all seven matches at the TPC Harding Park.

"I don't need any wins or validation to feel like that," McIlroy said.

It was his second win of the year. He has won two of the last three World Golf Championships he has played. He joined Tiger Woods (29) and Jack Nicklaus (17) as the only players to have won 10 times on the PGA Tour at age 25 or younger. He made it with one day to spare.

This was the first tournament since Jordan Spieth won the Masters and moved to No. 2 in the world. "I think everyone - not just me, but everyone on tour - was inspired seeing Jordan do what he did at Augusta," McIlroy said.

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