Adam Scott enters the week at #1 in the world
Is Adam Scott the best player in the world?
A better way to put it is to ask who has been better during the last two years? Besides, someone has to be No. 1.
Sure, Tiger Woods had more wins last year with five (albeit none in a major). Jimmy Walker leads the FedExCup standings with three wins since October (again, none in a major). But when it comes to getting to No. 1, playing big in big tournaments is what gets rewarded.
Scott certainly did that on his way to replacing Tiger Woods atop the Official World Golf Rankings earlier this week -- even if he did it while sitting on the couch.
The Aussie won last year’s Masters, was third at The Open Championship and fifth at the PGA Championship. He also closed out 2013 with a pair of wins Down Under -- weaker fields, but with the added pressure of wanting to play well in a rare appearance in his home country.
Yes, Scott is 0-for-2014 in the wins department but hasn’t been without opportunity, most notably at Bay Hill and Augusta National, where opportunities slipped away on the weekend.
In seven starts on the PGA TOUR this year, Scott has three top 10s. His worst finish was a tie for 38th at THE PLAYERS Championship. Outside of that, he has just one finish outside the top 15.
The guy he replaced also hasn’t played a tournament in more than two months, and even before being sidelined by back surgery was off to the worst start of any season of his career.
"You want to do it playing well and getting good results,” Scott said recently of getting to No. 1. “But it's just the way our system is.”