Rory McIlroy might have won more Majors than Dustin Johnson and claimed more tournaments around the globe, but DJ is better, at least according to Adam Scott who was speaking ahead of this week’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra in Florida.
The very first Australian to win the Masters was asked who, aside from himself, among the current crop of stars is the most difficult to beat when that player is on top of his game.
“I’d have to say Dustin Johnson at the moment,” said Scott.
“He wins more than anyone else, it seems like, consistently the last few years. When he’s on, he looked good the other week, where did he win last? Mexico. Yeah, and he had Rory chasing him in Mexico.
“And look, I think Rory’s incredible when he’s on and hard to beat, but I’ll just give a slight edge to Dustin at the moment. He looks incredibly sharp. He’s also won twice already this year.”
Indeed, he has as ‘DJ’ captured the inaugural Saudi International and then kept McIlroy at arm’s reach to capture the recent WGC – Mexico Championship. The victories moved Johnson to 23 pro career titles and saw him move just one behind McIlroy’s total.
Meanwhile Scott’s compatriot, Jason Day was also asked his opinion as to who doesn’t melt
in ‘the heat of competition’, suggesting McIlroy is ‘explosive’.
“I would say DJ but then Rory when his mind’s right and he’s putting good, I think he’s explosive,” said Day.
McIlroy will hope to end his 12-year winless drought this week at Sawgrass where he tees up alongside Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson for the opening two days.
Irish Tee-times (Irish time)
Seamus Power – 1.14pm (1st tee)
Shane Lowry – 6.09pm (10th tee)
Rory McIlroy – 1.04pm (10th tee)