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Player tips Rory for top

Golf legend Gary Player predicts Rory McIlroy is destined to reach the dizzy heights of World No 1. The South African is the latest in a long line of Major champions to single out McIlroy to eventually dethrone Tiger Woods as the game's leading player.

"Rory has a great team behind him, bags of talent and one of the best swings in golf," said Player yesterday in Abu Dhabi.

"If he continues the way he is going Rory has the potential to be the next World No 1."

Player is among just five players to win all four Majors, including two US Masters wins, a US Open title, three British Open victories and a pair of US PGA titles. McIlroy joined a host of other players yesterday at the grand opening of the Saadiyat Beach golf course in Abu Dhabi, which Player designed.

Irish Independent