Can Rory and Rickie Forge a Long Rivalry?

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You can root for Rory McIlroy, the precocious, big-hitting major champion who currently stands at No. 1 on golf’s world ranking. You can root for Rickie Fowler, the self-taught, brightly dressed trendsetter who claimed his first career PGA Tour win at Quail Hollow last weekend.

Or here’s a novel concept: You can root for both.

Over the first baker’s dozen years of Tiger Woods’ professional career, his prominence dominated the game’s landscape. During the past few seasons, parity has reigned supreme, with no player collecting more than two victories in 2011 and only one with multiple titles so far this year.

Missing from this transitioning of eras is a true rivalry within the game, one which many observers believe could be forged between the ...

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