McIlroy: Spieth may be own worst enemy in '16


Jordan Spieth will be under a lot of pressure to follow up his two-major, Player of the Year 2014-15 season, and most of that pressure might come from himself.

That's the opinion of Rory McIlroy, who should know. He won two majors in 2014 and went into 2015 looking to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Masters. But it didn't happen for him at Augusta, nor any of the other major sites this year. In addition, an ankle injury sustained playing soccer kept him out of the Open Championship.

In 2015 Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open, finished a stroke out of the Open Championship playoff and finished second in the PGA Championship. He also won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs and attained the No. 1 world ranking.

"It will feel completely different for Jordan [in 2016]," McIlroy told the Daily Telegraph. "There's so much expectation, so much attention and focus. And I think it is more self-inflicted pressure really as your expectations are so high."

"This time last year mine were through the roof coming off a great season, winning those back-to-back majors [2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship], and although I started well I never felt I really got into my stride with the injuries and stuff."