Los Angeles: Masters champion Jordan Spieth says he would welcome a long-term rivalry with Rory McIlroy but still has some way to go to match the World No 1.
Rory McIlroy at the pro-am event in California yesterday
The 21-year-old American, who captured his first major title at Augusta National earlier this month, is seeded second behind McIlroy at this week's San Francisco WGC-Matchplay Championship. And should the seedings hold firm, he could go head-to-head with Rory for the first time in Sunday afternoon's final.
Asked if he considered himself as being in the same bracket as four-time major winner McIlroy, Spieth replied: "I have a long way to go to be considered that. I'm off to a good start, but can't compare to what he's done.
In order to have a rivalry, we need to be competing against each other consistently at the highest level, and that hasn't happened yet."