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Furyk: McIlroy is the new Tiger

ESPN staff
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Rory McIlroy has won three of his last four tournaments © Getty Images
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Jim Furyk has warned Rory McIlroy that he will be a "marked man" at the Ryder Cup later this month.

World No. 1 McIlroy is in scintillating form at present, having won three of his last four tournaments, including the US PGA Championship - and he is in pole position to land the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus on Sunday at the Tour Championship.

The 23-year-old's present dominance of the sport is reminiscent of Tiger Woods' glory days, leading Furyk to claim that McIlroy has inherited Woods' crown as the world's most feared player.

"Obviously, he's a marked man," Furyk said. "He's the No. 1 in the world. He's going to garner all the attention - as well he should. He's played phenomenal this year.

"No matter how he plays at the Tour Championship, he's the present-day Tiger Woods and everyone's eyes will be on him."

However, Furyk has issued a note of caution by questioning whether McIlroy can handle the pressure of being the European team's talisman at Medinah, host venue of the Ryder Cup.

"It's tough to take a leadership role when you're the 23-year-old hotshot and you've guys that are 40 on the team," Furyk said. "In any sports team when you're 23 and the hotshot you need leadership qualities."

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