Scott applauds McIlroy, takes aim at him at PGA

Adam Scott has two top-10 finishes in 2014 majors.
Adam Scott has two top-10 finishes in 2014 majors. ( Associated Press )

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.

"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. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.