Scott lays down the gauntlet

Adam Scott has urged the organisers of the Australian Open to pair him with world number one Rory McIlroy at Royal Sydney later this month.

McIlroy secured the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title Sunday without swinging a club on Sunday while world number two Scott could only muster a tie for 12th at the HSBC-WGC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday.

Following that result, Scott admitted that he would love to be paired with McIlroy for the first two days of the event Down Under, which starts on November 27, particularly after what happened in last year’s event.

Then Masters champion Scott led the 2013 Australian Open by a single shot from McIlroy going into the final hole, but his approach shot went awry which caused him to card a bogey on the 18th, while the Ulsterman rolled in a 15-foot putt for birdie which handed him the victory.

“It annoyed me for a little while,” Scott told reporters at Sheshan International Golf Club following the HSBC-WGC Champions.

“To mess up on the very last hole of the last of the four tournaments I played back home last year was very, very frustrating.

“I believe the organisers should take advantage and put Rory and myself together because it does happen occasionally at US Opens where they pair the players according to their rankings.

“It’s not often we have the world number one and number two ranked players in the same tournament in Australia and it would be fun to do, and I would certainly enjoy that.”

McIlroy hasn’t played in the first two of the European Tour’s finals series as he was preparing for his upcoming court case against his former management company and will only return to action on November 20 at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Thereafter, the world number one will head to Sydney for his Australian Open title defense the next week.

Following a difficult 2013 season, McIlroy’s had a stellar year, winning the British Open, the US PGA Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone title and the European PGA Championship.

McIlroy’s closest challenger in the Race to Dubai standings is Jamie Donaldson, but after the Welshman finished 24th at Sheshan on Sunday, the 2,950,000-point gap between the two can no longer be bridged.