McIlroy: It’s awfully impressive

Rory McIlroy heaped praise on Jordan Spieth following his wire-to-wire win at the Masters on Sunday.

While many eyes were on the Northern Irishman as he attempted to grab a career grand slam, the talented Texan stole the show with an indomitable display, breaking a number of records and winning by four shots.

The win sees Spieth rise up to second on the official world golf rankings, one behind McIlroy.

“It’s awfully impressive,” quipped the world number one on Sky Sports.

“It’s nice to get your major tally up and running at an early stage in your career. It’s great to see, great for the game, and I’m sure there will be many more.”

Meanwhile, McIlroy lamented his slow start to the iconic event, but was happy with his strong finish which saw him finish on his own in fourth, six shots off the pace.

“I played well,” said the 25-year-old.

“Obviously very happy with how the weekend went, and even the last nine holes of Friday, which I needed to just get in for the weekend.

“I am obviously going to take a lot of positives from it. If someone had told me I’d finish 12 under at the start of the week, I would have taken it and sat back and seen where I finished. But a few guys have just played a bit better than that.

“I came in feeling good and I felt like I played okay on Thursday. I got it in in red numbers. Just the start on Friday [a four over par 40] was really what killed me. But as you’ve seen over the last 45 holes, I’m playing very nicely. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.”