Jordan Spieth nearly wipes out Rory McIlroy as they race 'golfboards' in Dubai video

Having already knocked him off the world No 1 spot, Jordan Spieth nearly did the same to Rory McIlroy on a 'golfboard'.

First it was Mike Tyson falling off a hoverboard, and now golfer Jordan Spieth has nearly taken out his great rival Rory McIlroy while racing "golfboards".

Clearly new gadgetry is proving tricky for some athletes.

The latest drama came during a golfing promotion in Dubai.

Jordan Spieth could have given himself a big advantage for the year ahead by taking out a major rival.
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Jordan Spieth could have given himself a big advantage for the year ahead by taking out a major rival.

Europeans McIlroy and Henrik Stenson were paired against Americans Spieth and Rickie Fowler in a one-hole challenge that was dubbed "The Rider Cup".

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To make matters worse for McIlroy, the Euopean ended up on the wrong side of defeat in the 'Rider Cup'.
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To make matters worse for McIlroy, the Euopean ended up on the wrong side of defeat in the 'Rider Cup'.

It involved playing the hole as fast as they could – helped by riding 'golfboards' - essentially motorised skateboards with a handlebar.

"There were two speeds, 6mph and 14mph and we all said we would stick to 6mph," McIlroy told the media as they quizzed him about the close shave.

"But as soon as we began to race, we all put it to 14mph. Jordan nearly took me out - we collided halfway down the fairway. Thankfully I didn't fall off."

Rory McIlroy was nearly wiped out by golfing rival Jordan Spieth as part of a promotional stunt in Dubai.
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Rory McIlroy was nearly wiped out by golfing rival Jordan Spieth as part of a promotional stunt in Dubai.

Spieth, the world No 1 chuckled that he might have missed an opportunity as the new golfing year kicks off.

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"Well, he's one very good player that I could have taken out of the field ... I went into the back of Rory. I'm just glad his ankle stayed on."

For the record, the United States won the hole as McIlroy admitted the bit of fun "was actually quite competitive". 

THE YEAR AHEAD

Both players will be part of history later this year as golf makes a return to the Olympics after more than a century's absence from the Games.

However, the pair don't see eye to eye over the importance of winning golfing gold in Rio.

Spieth said standing on top of the podium would rank alongside winning a major tournament but Northern Irishman McIlroy was left in no doubt about which one he would rather win given the choice.

"I think a major championship is the pinnacle of our sport," said the the world No 3, who won two majors in 2014 but lost the top ranking last year after a slow start and ankle injury.

"I think I'll be remembered for my major championships.

"So all I've dreamed of from a little kid is winning majors. I never dreamed of competing in the Olympics or winning an Olympic medal," he added. "So in my mind, a major will always be more important."

Golf is returning to the Olympics this August for the first time since 1904, although its inclusion has divided opinion with some players declaring it little more than an 'exhibition' sport.

Critics argue that golf, like tennis which returned to the Olympic fold in 1988, already has its four blue riband events and should not be in the Games.

To accommodate the Olympic tournament, the year's final major, the PGA Championship, has also had to be moved to late July from its traditional date in the second week of August, but Spieth remains enthusiastic about the prospect of going for gold.

"The way I look at it right now, I look at them equal," said the 22-year-old Masters and US Open champion.

"Just because to say you're a gold medalist - you won a gold medal for your country in the Olympics.

"It's very early to tell how they will end up comparing to major championships in the future," he added. "But if I had not won a major, I would probably still say a major. At this point I would argue that a gold medal would be very, very special."

Spieth said winning the biennial Ryder Cup with the US team in Minnesota in September/October was probably top of his priorities for 2016, however, after playing on the losing side against Europe in 2014.

"We are tired of hearing about changes that need to be made. We are tired of hearing about the past. And we're ready to believe in kind of a younger, more hungry team going forward," he said.

"It's still a long ways until Hazeltine, but if we can continue what we've been doing over this past year in young American golf, we're going to go in and get in that team room and be pretty excited about who is next to us."

 - Stuff

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