Adam Scott played extremely well to become the best player in the world, but Rory McIlroy has overtaken Scott with tremendous play over the last couple months. In the pre-tournament press conference, Scott said, “I think the right guy is at No. 1 at the moment.”
Despite Rory’s recent surge, Scott is playing well, and he is aiming to get his hands on the Wanamaker trophy.
Scott said, “At some point you just have to look for wins, and that’s only what’s going to satisfy me. And, you know, I’ve had lots of good finishes in majors, but I left The Open extremely disappointed. I felt I played really well and I finished fifth, and there are lots of good things to take from that. But I still didn’t get to lift the trophy, and that’s the end of the day why I’m working hard and putting in so much. I would like to get the result.”
Adam also spoke about how his mentality has changed over the years. “Yeah, we see a lot of great golf played all the time for sure. You know, the dominance of Tiger’s play over a ten‑year period is unmatched, really, I’d have to say, and was quite incredible.
“I think the biggest difference between me seeing Tiger play like that when I was a lot younger, less experienced, and not as good a player; and seeing a guy like Rory really stamp his authority down the last two weeks…is that I believe I’m a better player, and I can play at that level. And I think ten or 15 years ago, I didn’t have that belief, through lack or experience or whatever it might be. I think the biggest thing that held me back was not believing and probably most guys felt like we were beaten before we got out there. And that’s different now for tons of reasons, I think.
“But, you know, it’s only motivating to see Rory play so well and know that ‑‑ I’ve said a lot that I feel this is my time, so I’ve got to beat whatever Rory is trying out there and I believe I can.”
Scott is a confident player who has the game to win at Valhalla.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)