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Sports Golf-McIlroy shrugs off Koepka verbal jab

10:40  23 october  2019
10:40  23 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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He dishes out verbal jabs and ensures the perceived chip on his broad shoulders continues to feed While Koepka gave blunt bombast, the man he discussed responded with respectful diplomacy. Fresh off his comments on McIlroy , it is worth noting Koepka carded rounds of 69 and 75.

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INZAI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during The Challenge: Japan Skins at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 21, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)© 2019 Getty Images INZAI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 21: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during The Challenge: Japan Skins at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 21, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

CHIBA, Japan, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has shrugged off a verbal jab from world number one Brooks Koepka, damping down talk of a special rivalry between the pair given the depth of talent at the top of the rankings.

The current PGA Tour Player of the Year played down comments by four-time major winner Koepka that appeared to set aside McIlroy's claims as a serious rival, given he's failed to snare a major since 2014.

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"Parity in golf is something that is quite a real thing right now. Five people could put their hand up and say they're the best player in the world," the Northern Irishman said on Wednesday.

He was speaking in the wake of comments last week by Koepka in which the American was almost dismissive when giving his thoughts about McIlroy.

"I've been out here for, what, five years? Rory hasn't won a major since I've been on the PGA Tour, so I just don't view it as a rivalry," Koepka said at the CJ Cup in South Korea, where he later withdrew with a knee injury.

All of which is true. McIlroy and Koepka have both won four majors, but McIlroy's last triumph was in 2014, while Koepka's have all come in the last three years.

The American had a magnificent major campaign this year, with one victory (PGA Championship), two runner-up finishes and a fourth placing.

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Golf News: Rory McIlroy says things are "all good" with Brooks Koepka -- but the Northern Irishman doesn't need a reminder that he World number one Koepka made worldwide headlines at the CJ Cup in South Korea last week after scotching the notion of a burgeoning rivalry with second-ranked McIlroy .

Rory McIlroy made it clear at the end of last season that he sees Brooks Koepka as a budding rival — but Koepka doesn't think much of that. German pro Marcel Siem capped off a week of bizarre rules breaches with a series of preferred lie mistakes in France.

But McIlroy, who won the PGA Tour's season-long points race, was nonetheless voted by his peers as Player of the Year, notwithstanding his pedestrian results in the majors.

McIlroy sought to broaden the discussion on Wednesday as more than a two-man rivalry.

"I think any storyline where it's competitive at the top is going to be good for golf," he said on the eve of the Zozo Championship at Narashino Country Club.

"It doesn't have to be between me and Brooks. It could be between Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, it could be between anyone.

"I would never want to make this just between two players because I think everyone in this room knows golf is such a fickle sport and one minute you can be on the top of the world and the next minute you're missing cuts and whatever."

(Reporting by Andrew Both; editing by Richard Pullin)

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