Adam Scott didn’t get his wish.
Tournament officials have decided to split up Scott and Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds of this week’s Australian Open in Sydney.
McIlroy will go off with Geoff Ogilvy and Stuart Appleby, while Scott has drawn Jordan Spieth and Austrilan Masters champion Nick Cullen.
“It was very tempting,” Golf Australia championship director Trevor Herden said, “but there are several considerations when pairing the strongest world-class players in the Australian Open field. Just like all the major championships do, we will spread out the superstars across the draw to ensure as many people as possible see them.”
Scott publicly lobbied to be grouped with Mcllroy, saying that it is rare for the Nos. 1 and 2-ranked players in the world to be playing in the same event in his native Australia.
Of course, Scott is no longer No. 2 – that spot belongs to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson, for now.
McIlroy rallied to beat Scott at this event a year ago, turning a one-stroke deficit into a one-shot victory with a birdie on 18. Scott was attempting to become just the second player to capture the Australian triple crown in the same season.