Date: November 11, 2014
Author: Golf Australia

Scott: Give me another shot at Rory

squo;s not every day that world No.1 and world No.2 compete outside any sport’s grandest championships.

And Adam Scott has urged Emirates Australian Open officials to make sure they cash in on the opportunity this month in Sydney.

Scott, who came off second best after a ripping final-round duel with Rory McIlroy at last year’s Open at Royal Sydney, has told organisers he’d like to be paired with the Northern Irishman for the first two rounds of the return bout at The Australian Golf Club.

"I believe the organisers should take advantage and put Rory and myself together because it does happen occasionally at US Opens where they pair players according to their rankings," said the Queenslander, second in the rankings behind McIlroy.

“It's not often we have the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the same tournament in Australia and it would be fun to do – and I would certainly enjoy that."

McIlroy made a clutch birdie on the 72nd hole of last year’s Emirates Australian Open as Scott’s uncharacteristic bogey cost him the Triple Crown and a fourth consecutive win on home soil including the World Cup alongside Jason Day.

And while it’s a stretch to say Scott is bent on revenge, it’s fair to say he hasn’t forgotten the missed opportunity.

“I was annoyed, annoyed that I had done everything I needed to do to win the four events … 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.”

The Emirates Australian Open, from November 27-30, is the second leg of the Triple Crown this summer, coming on the heels of the Australian Masters at Metropolitan and a fortnight before the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.