Drive to be the best - McIlroy or Scott?

Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:10am EDT
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By Andrew Both

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy is the best driver in contemporary golf when he is 'on his game' while Adam Scott is consistently the best, day-in and day-out. Both players are regarded as better off the tee than Tiger Woods was at his peak.

This was the general consensus that emerged from a series of interviews Reuters conducted recently with several top players on the PGA Tour, golf analysts and a leading swing coach.

While most believed that McIlroy and Scott drive the ball better than Woods did in his heyday, they also acknowledged that Woods was superior in other facets of the game, a key factor in his dominance for so many years as he piled up 14 major titles.

"When Rory is on, it's obvious he's better than everybody else," former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch, who works as a golf analyst on television for CBS Sports, told Reuters.

"But I think when Rory's off (his game), he's further off than Adam. Adam's 'off' is not that bad, because he has perfect posture, physical strength and a great simple motion."

Frank Nobilo, another former player turned television commentator, gave McIlroy the driving edge over Woods but felt Woods had more of the 'wow' factor to conjure up some of the most astonishing shots ever seen on a golf course.

"From tee shot to tee shot, you might put Rory ahead of Tiger but from a shockingly 'you don't do that' viewpoint, you might give the edge to Woods," said New Zealander Nobilo.

"Tiger's game was never predicated just on the driver. He beat you in other ways."   Continued...

Aug 21, 2014; Paramus, NJ, USA; Rory McIlroy hits out of a greenside bunker on the fifth hole during the first round of The Barclays golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports - RTR439NG