JERSEY CITY, N.J. —
Scott now has 21 wins worldwide, leaving him 70 behind Woods.
Woods is never a fair comparison for anyone. Scott said as much seven years ago when asked what it was like to grow up dreaming about being the best in the world and being stuck in the same generation as a guy like Woods.
“The hardest thing now is for young kids to realize this Tiger benchmark is out of most everyone’s league,” he said at the end of the 2006 season, when Woods had won six straight PGA Tour events.
He jokingly said that day he would have to wait until Woods went through another swing change. That time has come and gone.
Scott at least entered the conversation for PGA Tour player of the year with his win at The Barclays, though that depends on the next month. Winning another FedEx Cup playoff event would give him three victories, including a major. Is that enough to trump five wins and no majors?
Then again, it was Scott who last week didn’t hesitate when asked who has had the best year in golf so far.
“Five wins? Tiger’s had the best year,” he said. “If you think winning a major is what you base success on, then if you haven’t (won), you haven’t had a great year. But winning ... I’ve always based it around winning events, and I don’t think one major makes up for five tournaments.”
To see Scott swing a club is to ask why he’s not winning more often. Scott prides himself on consistency, but since his playoff win at Augusta National, he had only one serious look at winning this year until The Barclays. That was at the British Open, where he had the lead on the back nine at Muirfield until making four straight bogeys as Phil Mickelson finished off one of the great final rounds in a major to win the claret jug.