Rory McIlroy

McIlroy will tackle Spieth on the greens

Northern Ireland’s world No 3 is trying out a new method to try to improve his putting stroke as he tries to take back top billing from the American with the first major of the season approaching next month at Augusta

McIlroy has his eye on overtaking Spieth

Northern Irishman is motivated by desire to topple Texan and regain No 1 spot as he starts new season today – but that shows how far the American has managed to insinuate himself into the minds of opponents, writes Kevin Garside

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