Scott applauds McIlroy, takes aim at him at PGA
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Adam Scott didn't mince words Tuesday afternoon at the PGA Championship.
The right man is World No. 1.
And, at least for this week, it's not the lanky Aussie – it's Rory McIlroy, winner of his last two starts, including the Open Championship.
PHOTOS: Valhalla hole-by-hole, 2014 PGA Championship
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club, par 71 and 7,458 yards, earns a whopping 77.6 rating and a slope of 152 from the club's back tees -- and if this week's PGA Championship tees were measured, both the rating and slope would be higher. See all 18 holes here!
"I think the right guy is at No. 1 at the moment. He's played the best over the last couple months. And the way I think I like to see the rankings work, and No. 1 as the guy who is winning the most tournaments probably should be the No. 1 player," said Scott.
Don't get the 2013 Masters champion wrong; he's in no way just handing the reins over to McIlroy. He's just giving credit where credit is due – in his usual gracious way.
"I'm a great loser, thanks," cracked Scott at his press conference.
"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," said Scott, whose best finish at the PGA is T-3 in 2006.
Scott hasn't been a slouch this season, finishing T-9 at the U.S. Open and T-5 at the Open Championship, not to mention eight top-10 finishes (tied for second with McIlroy and Graeme McDowell).
"You know, it's tough, but at some point you just have to look for wins, and that's only what's going to satisfy me," said Scott.
PHOTOS: Tuesday at Valhalla, 2014 PGA Championship
See golf's top players interact with the gallery during practice, take part in a long-driving competition and get a little work in while officials prepare for the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.