Partners Scott, McIlroy hope to keep momentum going
Rory McIlroy during the final round of the PGA Championship in Surrey, England on May 25, 2014 - by Glyn Kirk
Scott, who reached number one in the world last week for the first time in his career, won the Colonial tournament while McIlroy captured the BMW PGA Championship for his sixth European Tour title but first on European soil.
They will play the first two rounds of this week's $6.2 million Memorial Tournament in a threesome that also includes Jason Day.
"I feel like this course sets up well for me and I am playing well," Australia's Scott said Wednesday. "I am going to try and keep the momentum going after last week."
Indeed, last week helped validate his rise to the top of the ladder as he was playing for the first time since overtaking Tiger Woods for number one.
Scott says he didn't want to be known as a one-week No. 1 wonder. So he made sure he got into a solid pre-tournament routine last week so that he would be able to handle the physical and mental challenges that come with trying to win a PGA tournament.
"All the things I did leading up certainly helped put me in the right mindset to play well last week," he said. "It took a couple of days for it to show up on the weekend. But that is when it counts.
"Getting to No. 1 was such a journey and so much work went into it. I wasn't going to settle for just staying there for one week."
Former world number one McIlroy's success came on the opposite side of the globe. But his impressive victory has been tempered somewhat by his recent breakup with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. McIlroy called off his engagement to Wozniacki a little over a week ago after the wedding invites had already been sent out.
Luckily for him, he was able to lose himself in the tournament at Wentworth and come out victorious.
"It is good to be here, obviously coming off the back of a win last week," said McIlroy on Wednesday. "It gives me a lot of confidence coming into here and with the US Open in a couple week's time."
Their playing partner Day is making a return to competition after suffering a left thumb injury. Day has only made one start since winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship three months ago.
In another notable group, defending champ Matt Kuchar tees off with two former Memorial champs, Steve Stricker and Justin Rose.
Phil Mickelson will be joined for the first two rounds by fellow Americans Jordan Spieth and Bill Haas.