Scott wants Rory pairing in Australia after near-miss


Last year, Adam Scott was one hole from becoming just the second player to win all three Australian majors (PGA, Masters, Open) in the same season.

The Open was particularly agonizing, as on the final hole Scott bogeyed and Rory McIlroy holed a 20-foot birdie putt to steal the title and dash the Australian’s hopes of joining Robert Allenby (2005) as the only players to complete the Aussie Slam. (Scott also won the World Cup of Golf, along with Jason Day.) 

Now, it appears Scott wants some revenge. He has called on Australian Open organizers to put both him and McIlroy in the same group for the Nov. 27-30 event.

“It’s not often we have the No. 1 and the No. 2 world-ranked players in the same tournament in Australia,” Scott said over the weekend, via, “and it would be fun to do, and I would certainly enjoy that.” 

McIlroy used his Aussie Open title as a springboard for his 2014 season, which included three consecutive wins over the summer, including two majors. Scott won only once on the PGA Tour, in a playoff at Colonial, but also had 10 top 10s in 17 starts and maintained his spot near the top of the world rankings. 

Of his near-miss in the Aussie Slam, Scott said, “I was annoyed, annoyed that I had done everything I needed to do to win the four events down there … so to mess up on the very last hole of the last of the four tournaments I played back home last year was very, very frustrating.”