Adam Scott is within striking distance of the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings going into the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
With Woods sidelined with a back
injury, the Scott could have mathematically overtaken him without
even playing, provided three other players had ordinary finishes.
"See you later," Scott said jokingly when told of the scenario.
Henrik Stenson, Masters champion Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar also have the opportunity to reach the top spot if things go their way. With the chance to become the first Aussie number one since Greg Norman, Scott reiterated that claiming the top spot wasn't at the forefront of his thinking going into the Players.
"Look, I'm here to win golf tournaments," said Scott.
"That's been the goal and from that you can get to No. 1 in the world if you win often enough."
To reach the No. 1 spot, the four contenders have to least achieve the following results:
- Scott has to finish in the top 16.
- Stenson has to finish in the top six.
- Watson has to finish second alone.
- Kuchar has to win.
Scott has tasted success at TPC Sawgrass in the past having won the Players Championship back in 2004 as a fresh-faced 23-year-old.