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Golf: McIlroy gets best of Spieth

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Jordan Spieth was aggrieved at being given a warning for slow play, and complained that his tee shots were “short and crooked.”

After his opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday, the top-ranked Spieth’s biggest concern might be the sublime form of his playing partner.

Rory McIlroy got the better of Spieth in their first head-to-head battle of the year, using his power and accuracy with the driver to set up a 6-under 66 that put him two shots off the lead held by American amateur Bryson DeChambeau.

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