Scott: McIlroy is rightful No. 1; wants ranking back


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After 11 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, Adam Scott had become comfortable with the title, but even the Australian had to admit that the right guy unseated him.

Rory McIlroy won last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his second consecutive victory following last month’s triumph at the Open Championship, to overtake Scott (9.4077 average ranking points compared to 9.2368 for Scott).

“It's not extremely disappointing, the right guy is at No. 1 at the moment,” said Scott, who tied for eighth at Firestone and hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since May. “He's played the best over the last couple months. The No. 1 guy who is winning the most tournaments probably should be the No. 1 player.”

Still, Scott said he was intent on reclaiming the title. He can overtake McIlroy with a top-20 finish or better if the Northern Irishman were to miss the cut at Valhalla Golf Club and the other contenders for the top spot – Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose – don’t win this week’s PGA Championship. If Scott wins, he will reclaim No. 1 regardless of where McIlroy finishes.