Los Angeles: Adam Scott's rise to the top of the world golf rankings on Monday won't come courtesy of a clutch putt or be heralded by a spray of champagne.
Australian golfer Adam Scott makes a birdie during the Players Championship last week. Pic/AFP.
The 2013 Masters Champion will supplant Tiger Woods atop the rankings after sitting out this week, achieving a coveted accolade in what even Scott admitted was somewhat anti-climactic fashion.
“It’s weird,” Scott admitted after his final-round 73 at the Players Championship on May 11 insured he wouldn’t seize the top spot with a top-16 finish that week. “You want to do it playing well and getting good results, but it’s just the way our system is.” The 33-year-old Australian will finally follow in the footsteps of compatriot Greg Norman, and he’ll take his new ranking for a spin in Fort Worth, Texas, next week after adding the US PGA Tour’s Colonial to his schedule.
He’s the first Aussie to claim the top spot since Norman ruled the list for 331 weeks in the 1980s and ‘90s. Scott, who is still seeking his first victory of this season, said he needs more rounds, and decided to wedge in the Colonial before his scheduled start at the Memorial in hopes of getting his game in high gear before the US Open in June.