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Rory is showing that with his ‘A’ game, everybody else is going to struggle to compete with him,” Harrington said. “And Tiger needs his ‘A’ game to come up against Rory. … If Rory is playing as well as he is, Tiger is not going to pick a major off unless he’s got his ‘A’ game out there.”

McIlroy is the sixth-youngest player to win two majors. The others were Young Tom Morris, John McDermott, Gene Sarazen, Nicklaus and Ballesteros. McIlroy set himself apart in one measure. He has won two majors by a combined 16 shots.