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Rory McIlroy, with a 66, looks good in return to action

Rory McIlroy, with a 66, looks good in return to action

Jordan Spieth was aggrieved at being given a warning for slow play, and complained that his tee shots were "short and crooked."

But after his opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, the top-ranked Spieth's biggest concern might just be the sublime form of his playing partner.

Rory McIlroy got the better of Spieth in their first head-to-head matchup of 2016, using his power and accuracy with the driver to set up a six-under 66 that put him two shots off the lead held by American amateur Bryson DeChambeau.

Spieth, who scrambled well to shoot a 68, made an early-season statement two weeks ago by winning...

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