Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy at the 2013 Players Championship (Getty Images). One man has been slumping. The other has been surging.
But when Rory McIlroy looks at Adam Scott these days, he sees something of...himself.
For those of you straining to perceive the similarities, let the Northern Irishman explain.
In 2011, still smarting from a final round collapse at the Masters, McIlroy won the U.S. Open. In 2013, with the memory of his 2012 British Open meltdown still in mind, Scott won the Masters.
Major disappointment, followed soon after by major success.
"To win the Masters this year was just a reward for his disappointment in the 2012 Open Championship and I think everyone in the game was delighted for him," McIlroy said of Scott this week, as the two prepared to compete in the Australian Open, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
"Without doubt the 2012 Open Championship was a huge learning curve for Adam and the experience has made him stronger, which will stand to him for the rest of his career. So in many ways it resembled my disappointment at the 2011 Masters and I've always looked back on that as a big positive in my career."McIlroy leads Scott in career majors, two to one. But Scott has surged ahead of McIlroy in the world rankings and has shown little sign of let-up since his breakthrough at Augusta. He won the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Masters this fall and can complete Australian golf's Triple Crown with a win this week. For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.