Two time major champion and former world number one Rory McIlroy will tee of alongside Australian golfer Adam Scott, the winner of the Masters Championship at this year’s Australian Open which tees off in Sydney, according to the organizers of the event.
The 24 year old from Northern Ireland won the US Open in 2011 and followed it up with his second triumph in major championships when he won the US PGA Championship last year and will return to play the event at the Royal Sydney Golf Club which will tee off on the 28th of November and will continue to the 1st of December after an absence of seven years from the event.
This will be the first time that Rory will take part in the event as a professional golfer and the last time he played at the event, he finished in a tie for 59th position back in 2006, competing as an amateur.
The event is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and One Asia and will also see the presence of world number four Adam Scott along with Rory McIlroy. Scott made history when he won at the Augusta National earlier in the year to take home the Masters title.
McIlroy, on the other hand, who also played in the Australian Masters when it was held in Melbourne in 2007 and finished in 15th position stated that it had been quite a long time since he has played in the event and is looking forward to playing some of the best golf he is capable of in Sydney later this year.
Rory McIlroy that he was looking forward to returning to the Royal Sydney Golf Club and added that hopefully, the course will be nice to him as he searches for a trophy this season.
US Masters winner Adam Scott has always been a jovial person and knows his limitations on and off the field. So, when the assembled media at The Barclays asked the Australian whose season he would rather have – his own or the one Tiger Woods has had, his answer proved to be extremely interesting.
The first ever Australian to win the US Masters stated very confidently that he would rather have his own year but went on to add that as far as Tiger Woods is concerned, he might want the year he has had considering the fact that major number 15 has been proving extremely difficult for him.
And the entire media could read a lot into the statement made by Scott. Although not many could say that he has fired a shot at Tiger, they could easily say that it wasn’t a nod to the year the legendary American has had this season as well. And especially when one puts into perspective that the words were echoed by Adam Scott, who is an extremely soft spoken and affable character, things become very interesting indeed.
And there is actually a point to what the Australian has stated. He would, without a doubt, trade the five titles he won on Tour this year for five strokes at Augusta, which would have seen him lift his 15th major title. When one considers the fact that Tiger Woods has gone 0-4 in majors this season, it is extremely surprising that he has been so consistent in other events this season, winning five titles from twelve events.
And although Tiger Woods has won more titles this season than Adam Scott has won throughout his career, it is the lack of major success that would haunt him quite a bit and there, Scott has an advantage.