The five golfers who can challenge Rory McIlroy at The Open

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy is at the head of an exciting new crop of golfing superstars, but can any of them reach his level?

Jordan Spieth


The reigning Masters champion is number two in the world rankings and represents America’s ‘next big thing’. He’s just 21 and already has three PGA Tour wins and two other victories in the last two years. The Texan looks certain to challenge Rory at the top of the game for many years to come. 

Strengths: Already has a major, mentally strong, great putter.
Weaknesses: Lacks game-changing distance.