Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy is the favourite to win at the Valhalla Golf Course in Kentucky, US. Photo: FDCOn The Green
THE final major for the year starts on Fridaymorning, Australian time, at Valhalla Golf Course in good old Kentucky.
I have always pondered that the US PGA Championship shouldn’t be a major and we should have at least two of the four majors played outside of America.
That was, until it was announced last year, the US PGA officials are pursuing the concept of playing the championship outside America, and Australia has been muted as a possible venue.
This now means I’m a big US PGA fan.
Sigh, golf’s a fickle old game, isn’t it?
Anywho, Rory McIlroy is the current face of golf around the globe with his British Open victory followed by last week’s World Golf Championship win.
The Irishman is in one of those moods where he can beat everyone by the length of a medium length par four and starts the PGA Championship as an outrageous favourite.
The only downside to McIlroy’s crazy form is he has once again taken down our Adam (Scott) like he did in last year’s Australian Open, usurping Scott as world number one.
In this week’s pre-tournament press conference, Scott was asked how much of a disappointment had it been to lose his number one status?
“It’s not extremely disappointing,” Scott said.
“I think the right guy is at number one 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 number one as the guy who is winning the most tournaments probably should be the number one player; and he’s won two well, three really big tournaments this summer, and I’ve won one event.”
Scott said his consistent play was good, but “you want the rankings to work and favour guys that win big events like this”.
“I think it’s fair at the moment,” he said.
“I hope that I could go ahead and win this week and maybe go back to number one.
“But there’s no doubt Rory has played the best golf over the last few months.”
Despite the American journalist breaking the world record for putting the term “sort of” in a paragraph, I thought his question was quite pertinent.
“You’ve been out here long enough to see I guess now a couple of different guys play some pretty dominant golf and yourself sort of included in that,” the journalist said.
“Just curious what it’s sort of like to go up against that when you’re playing particularly well; and then secondly, do you think we are sort of in an era now where we are seeing a few different guys or maybe one or two different guys kind of do that, and sort of moving into this era as we go forward.”
Scott said a lot of great golf was played all the time.
“The dominance of Tiger’s play over a 10-year period is unmatched, really, I’d have to say, and was quite incredible,” he said.
“I think the biggest difference between me seeing Tiger play like that when I was a lot younger, less experienced and not as good a player; and seeing a guy like Rory really stamp his authority down the last two weeks, you know, he’s played well the whole summer since he won over in Europe, so I guess for the last couple months, is that I believe I’m a better player and I can play at that level.
“And I think 10 or 15 years ago, I didn’t have that belief, through lack or experience or whatever it might be.
“I think the biggest thing that held me back was not believing and probably most guys felt like we were beaten before we got out there.
“And that’s different now for tons of reasons, I think.
“But, you know, 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.”
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