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Rory McIlroy: Jordan Spieth shouldn’t worry about receding hairline


Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth — along with Jason Day (not a bad trio of young golfers) — are the marquee grouping for the first and second rounds of the The Players Championship this week. While McIlroy had a solid opening round 69 on Thursday, Spieth stumbled out of the gate with a disappointing 75.

McIlroy was diplomatic after their rounds, saying all the right things about his playing partner’s struggles: “When you get off to not a great start like Jordan did, it’s hard to stay patient at times.

“But again, he could as easily come out tomorrow and be three under and you’re back in the tournament. It doesn’t take much to get back in.”

But perhaps most surprising — and amusing — is what McIlroy revealed to be one of the topics of conversation as the group made away around the treacherous track that is TPC Sawgrass: Spieth’s troubling and premature receding hairline.

Asked about how it appeared he was trying to cheer up Spieth throughout the round, McIlroy said (via ASAP Sports): “It’s funny we were talking about hair styles. It’s funny — sort of hair styles or something like that. But anyway, I sort of said to him, you have a green jacket, your hair can be whatever you want it to be.”

Fair enough. Even though McIlroy now rocks a clean and cropped look, it wasn’t all that long ago he was sporting a far less, shall we say, sophisticated hairdo:



McIlroy’s hairstyle became such a source of comedic fodder even Caroline Wozniacki once donned a wig to make light of it when the two were dating.

In light of both McIlroy and Spieth adamantly downplaying any notion of a budding rivalry between the two, it looks like the two also share something else in common, above and beyond being two key members of golf’s next wave of champions: A history with awkward hair.

[H/T For the Win, top image via Irish Mirror]