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After Further Review: Rory still rules

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Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Rory McIlroy reminding us that this isn't the Jordan Spieth era, not yet, anyway; why Jim Furyk deserves more respect than he gets; and what still needs to be fixed in the Match Play.

Just when you thought it was safe to crown Jordan Spieth as the next star in golf, Rory McIlroy blows through seven world-class players in five days, lifts a trophy and says, “Hi, I’m Rory. Remember me?” We live in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, and McIlroy has lived on the fringes for much of this calendar year, save for his early win in Dubai. Sure, he had a bunch of top finishes here in the States – his worldwide results are 2-1-MC-9-11-4-1 – but his last few weeks he wasn’t seriously in contention. When Spieth won the Masters in record-breaking fashion, a prominent sports magazine declared that this was the dawning of the Spieth era. Oops. McIlroy is the No. 1 player in the world by a wide margin, and he’s now won four of the last six majors and WGC events. He issued a reminder to everyone at Harding Park: He’s still the king. – Ryan Lavner 

Jim Furyk played two matches Sunday and didn’t win either one of them. With his recent Sunday history - he’s blown nine straight 54-hole leads - it’s easy to keep chiding the 44-year-old, even after he finally ended his four-year winless drought two weeks ago at Harbour Town. Sure, he forfeited a 1-up lead with two holes to play in the semifinals; but focus on the fact that he was forfeiting 19 years and an average of 30 yards off the tee to Rory McIlroy, and the No. 1 player in the world still had to play his final three holes in 4 under just to beat Old Man Furyk. Maybe Furyk isn’t a Hall of Famer – it’s a good debate – but what’s for certain is that, once again, he took on 64 of the world’s best players and beat 60 of them. After two decades on Tour, 17 wins, and what seems like 177 near-misses, it’s gotten too easy to take Furyk granted. We shouldn’t. - Nick Menta 

The WGC-Cadillac Match Play was better, but it still needs a boost. The transition to three days of round-robin group play solved the event’s biggest issue, keeping the biggest names around for more than a day. What needs to be addressed before next year’s event at Austin (Texas) Country Club, however, is an overly confusing format, for both players and fans, as well as a central theme that ignores the fundamental rules of match play. Like the old Volvo World Match Play Championship, a points-based system (two points for a win, one for a tie) would alleviate some of the confusion and also trim an already long week, which will be a concern next year when the event is played two weeks before the Masters. - Rex Hoggard