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November 21, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke says Rory could surpass Jack's mark

Clarke_mcilroyUlstermen Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy share a laugh at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods may have a head start, but at least one major champ thinks Rory McIlroy is the golfer to catch Jack Nicklaus's major mark.

Speaking to ESPNUK in support of his new autobiography, Northern Irishman Darren Clarke backed his fellow countryman as the heir apparent to what has been Tiger's chase:

"Tiger in his heyday was incredible to behold, but Rory does posses, as far as I'm concerned and from what I've seen, almost as much talent as Tiger did," Clarke said.

"It will be very interesting, as Rory matures and gets older and he starts racking up those majors, how far he goes."

So far, Rory is matching Tiger's pace, who also had two major titles at 23. (That said, Tiger did win three at 24…) McIlory does have one major left as a 23-year-old, and he'll have to win it to keep pace with Jack: Nicklaus won three majors before turning 24.

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