Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth paired together in The Memorial

The two men will play together in Ohio

BY Daniel Kelly 12:40 Thursday 2 June 2016, 12:40 2 Jun 2016

Picture by: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have been paired together for the first two rounds of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

The World ranked number two and three will be joined by Spieth's close friend Justin Thomas for the first two rounds of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament.

It is the first time the two men have played together since the third round at the Masters where Spieth started the day a shot clear of McIlroy and ended it five clear after the Northern Ireland star shot a third-round 77.

The Memorial is set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Spieth and McIlroy are joined by World number one Jason Day. All three stars have won on their previous starts.

McIlroy has also confirmed that his fears have been eased over the Zika virus ahead of the Olympic. The Hollywood golfer is one of the favourites to win a medal at the Olympic Golf Course.

"I feel like the advice I've sought out over the past 10 days has put my mind at ease," McIlroy admitted ahead of the tournament.

"It makes me more comfortable going down there knowing that, even if I do contract Zika, it's not the end of the world.

The golf tournament begins in Rio de Janeiro on August 11th.

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