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Adam Scott pleads his case to be grouped with Rory McIlroy

Adam Scott is pleading his case with organisers of the Australian Open to play him in the same group as Rory McIlroy at this year’s tournament in Sydney.

Scott felt the bitter twang of defeat last year when he missed the chance to win in his own national championship after an error on the final hole gave McIlroy the title by a single shot.

12 months later and the two players now sit atop of the golfing pyramid as world No.1 and 2 respectively – and Scott wants the duo to tee-up together when the event starts on November 27.

"I believe the organisers should take advantage and put Rory and myself together because it does happen occasionally at US Opens where they pair the players according to their rankings,” said Scott, who is eager for himself and McIlroy to play the first two rounds together.

"It's not often we have the world’s number one and number two ranked players in the same tournament in Australia and it would be fun to do, and I would certainly enjoy that."

And Scott admits he’s still sore after slipping up at Royal Sydney, where he bogeyed the 72nd hole and then watched McIlroy sink a birdie to claim victory, saying: "It annoyed me for a little while.

"To mess up on the very last hole of the last of the four tournaments I played back home last year was very, very frustrating."