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CRAWFORD | Bumped to world No. 2, Scott says 'I've got to beat Rory'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There's nothing wrong with the way Adam Scott is playing as he heads into this week's PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

But after 11 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, he gave way to the surging Rory McIlroy, who has notched wins in the past two weeks, and all of a sudden, Scott is facing questions about his game.

After a practice round today at Valhalla, his second in two days, Scott said he's not worried about the ranking, but he would like to win. He's been remarkably consistent in majors, was tied for ninth a the U.S. Open and fifth at the British Open, and has had top-10 finishes in the PGA Championship in two of the past three years, including a tie for fifth last year.

"I've been playing really solid golf this summer and not really got the result I want, which is a win," Scott said. "And I think I just have to really put my head down and push through this week. Hopefully, all apsects of my game are kind of firing, and they will need to be."

Scott surged to celebrity after winning The Masters last year, the first Australian ever to do it, and he married longtime girlfriend Marie Kojzar, a Swedish architect, this past spring.

Now that he said he's seen McIlroy surge to the top of the world rankings, he did say there is some natural motivation to pick his game up -- but more because McIlroy is playing so well, than because of the ranking itself.

"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 -- I've got to beat whatever Rory is trying out there and I believe I can.

"I think the right guy is at No. 1 at the moment. He's played the best over the last couple of months. And the way I think I like to see the rankings work, the No. 1 guy who is winning the most tournaments should be the No. 1 player. . . . I'd like to win this week and go back to No. 1, but there's no doubt Rory has played the best golf over the past few months."

Scott should have a real shot at Valhalla, which is expected to favor the longest hitters. He was in the top five in the newly-reinstituted PGA long-drive contest at No. 10 for much of the morning.

Asked last week who's demeanor he admired most on the golf course, Spain's Sergio Garcia said it was Scott's.

"I'm a great loser, thanks," Scott quipped Tuesday.

He's not expecting to be one this week.

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