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Adam Scott: 'Rory McIlroy deserves to be world number one'

Adam Scott admits that Rory McIlroy deserves to be world number one, but hopes to regain his place at the top of the rankings at the USPGA Championship at Valhalla.

Adam Scott has admitted that Rory McIlroy deserves to be world number one, but hopes to regain his place at the top of the rankings at this week's USPGA Championship.

McIlroy heads to Valhalla on the back of impressive victories at the British Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational which have seen him dethrone the Australian.

"I think the right guy is at number one at the moment," Scott told reporters. "He's played the best over the last couple months.

"The guy who is winning the most tournaments probably should be the number one player and he's won three really big tournaments this summer and I've won one event. My consistent play is good, but you want the rankings to work and favour guys that win big events like that.

"I hope that I can go ahead and win this week and maybe go back to number one, but there's no doubt Rory has played the best golf over the last few months."

Scott has won the one Major - The Masters - that is missing from McIlroy's collection, having triumphed at Augusta in 2013. His best finish at a USPGA Championship is third at Medinah in 2006.

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Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy holds the Claret Jug aloft after winning The Open at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England
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