Scott has 'score to settle' with McIlroy at Australian Open

Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:59am EST
 
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By Andrew Both

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Adam Scott says he has a “score to settle” with Rory McIlroy when they clash at the Australian Open in Sydney in two weeks.

Scott missed a chance for a perfect ending to 2013 when he bogeyed the final hole of last year’s Open at Royal Sydney to allow McIlroy to capture the historic Stonehaven Cup when the Northern Irishman holed a 16-foot birdie putt at the same hole.

They will return for a rematch from Nov. 27-30 most likely as the two top-ranked players in the world, though the venue will change to another course in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, The Australian Golf Club where Jack Nicklaus won the 1978 Open.

After making history in 2013 when he become the first Australian to win the Masters at Augusta National, Scott almost claimed Australia's "triple crown" that year when he won the country's other two big tournaments prior to the Open.

“It’s great for me that Rory’s going back,” he told reporters at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai last weekend.

“I was really gutted to lose last year leading on the last. I’d done everything I needed to do to take the lot down there and I messed up on the last, which was very frustrating. I don’t need too much motivation to want to go back and win.”

The victory paved the way for McIlroy’s brilliant 2014 season, in which he stormed to two major titles and reclaimed the world number one ranking.

“He didn’t look like a guy who was low on confidence,” Scott recalled of McIlroy, who had struggled at times during 2013 by his own high standards and had not won a tournament.   Continued...

 
Australia's Adam Scott (L) shakes hands with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy after they finished on the eighteenth and final hole during the fourth round of the Australian Open golf tournament at Royal Sydney Golf Club December 1, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Christo