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Adam Scott believes Rory McIlroy poses a big threat to his hopes of completing a Treble on home soil by adding the Australian Open title to his Australian Masters and Australian PGA victories.
The 33-year-old Aussie is in a rich vein of form in 2013 as he has already won The Masters to seal his first major, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and then managed victory on the opening two of three tournaments in his own backyard.
Add to that a creditable tie for third at the Open Championship and a tie for fifth in the final major of 2013, the PGA Championship, and it’s no surprise that Scott is well fancied to take the Australian Open crown at Royal Sydney Golf Club this week.
However, 24-year-old former world number one McIlroy, who has endured a difficult year on the course with no tournament wins so far, is the man Scott is wary of.
Scott is shocked at McIlroy’s failure to win a title since his success in Dubai 12 months ago, but two recent top-six finishes has shown signs of a return to form for the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA Championship winner.
Scott said: “He (McIlroy) had such a great year last year, I would have thought he would have won this year.
“But the game turns around so quick and you’re hot and you’re cold, and he’ll be hot again in no time, that’s for sure. It’s surprising, but the year’s not over for Rory. He could get two wins before his year’s over.”