Adam Scott is set on keeping pace with a hot Rory McIlroy, before trying to once again go past him.
Adam Scott has vowed to elevate his game to ensure a rampant Rory McIlroy is not the only name in golf.
Scott was deposed as World No.1 by McIlroy during the Northern Irishman’s current phenomenal run where he has won the British Open, a World Golf Championship event and the PGA Championship in successive starts.
The Australian now lines up at his Barclays title defence primed to stay a factor in the global golf discussion.
The World No.2 is already being treated as somewhat of an afterthought in what he calls a reactive world of golf but lines up at the beginning of the US PGA tour playoffs keen to force the conversation his way once more.
“It’s funny because the week before The Open, it was the Friday curse and he’s cursed and since he’s been blessed I guess”, Scott said of McIlroy.
“I need to lift my game quickly and get a win here or in the next few weeks and show a guy like Rory, who is kind of stretching away from the rest of us, that someone is going to go with him.
“Otherwise he could get in a real level of comfort, and it would be very tough for all of us to play against him full of confidence, full of flight and not worrying about everyone else.”
Scott has upgraded his driver at Ridgewood Country Club this week as one of his many methods in trying to keep pace with McIlroy.
McIlroy has bombed it long and straight and overpowered the last three courses for his victories and Scott is over giving up too much of an advantage.
McIlroy’s season average is 310.7 yards, ranked third, while Scott is 17th at 301.8yards.
And while over the course of the season Scott has been more accurate with his driver than McIlroy, over the last two events the Australian has missed almost half of the time, spurring the upgrade.
“I’m just gaining a little bit out of the new Titliest driver, keeping control and gaining a few yards which I think could help,” Scott said.
“Rory has put on a clinic the last few weeks in how to drive the golf ball and it’s motivating for me because I can see what’s possible.
“I believe if he can do it, I can do it for sure, as driving is my strength.
Winning 12 months ago catapulted Scott towards being the first Australian to claim the season long FedEx Cup but just as he was making his move in the season ending Tour Championship he was struck down by stomach flu, leaving Henrik Stenson to pull away.
The Queenslander wants a chance to atone, but first needs to move his way up from his current 15th position on the points list to inside the top five over the next three weeks.
Scott leads 10 Aussies into battle in week one of the playoffs, four of whom face elimination without a good performance at Ridgewood.