McIlroy inspires Scott to switch drivers


Adam Scott tees off during his Wednesday practice round at the Barclays. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

PARAMUS, N.J. – Adam Scott is putting a new driver into play this week – and he has Rory McIlroy to thank for the inspiration.

Following McIlroy’s recent run of three straight victories that featured numerous displays of long, straight driving, Scott decided to put the new Titleist 915 driver into his bag.

“Rory probably hits it longer than me - and he should, because he's nine years younger than me,” Scott said. “He's put on a clinic the last few weeks in how to drive the golf ball, and it's motivating for me because I can see what's possible. I believe if he can do it, I can do it, for sure, and driving is my strength. No doubt, switching to the new driver this week, the 915 from Titleist, will be adding a little yardage, for sure. And I think I can't handle him hitting it 35 by me; 20 is OK.

“But the most important thing is you're keeping it straight, as well. Three hundred‑plus in the fairway is a huge advantage on the PGA Tour and that's the main thing - that you're getting that short club into the green, so you can give yourself a chance at birdie.”