Rankings leaders weigh in on being seen as Big Three

Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:11pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The new 'Big Three' of Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have their own views on being compared to the second coming of a golfing trio the likes of Nicklaus, Palmer and Player.

It is, of course, premature to compare these 20-somethings that have won a combined seven majors to the accomplishments of Jack Nicklaus (18 majors), Arnold Palmer (7) and Gary Player (9), McIlroy pointed out on Wednesday.

Yet the young trio have taken turns as world number one over the past month and have won five of the last six majors.

The 26-year-old Northern Irishman played along.

"Jordan's sort of like Jack, methodical and sort of does everything that way," four-times major winner McIlroy said on the eve of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

"I would be Gary, because I'm the smallest. Then I guess that would leave Jason as Arnie. But who knows, we'll just have to let it all play out and see."

Day, 27, took the question about being in a Big Three with McIlroy and Spieth in an entirely different direction.

"It's like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had a baby and I was it," said the Australian, drawing a stunned burst of laughter from the press corps. "Because I've got Rory's length and I'm hoping that I've got Jordan's touch."   Continued...

Aug 16, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA;  Jason Day and  Jordan Spieth on the 3rd tee box during the final round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports