Day, Scott or Stenson could replace Woods as No. 1 at Masters
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Day, Scott or Stenson could replace Woods as No. 1 at Masters

Identifying the best golfer in the world right this minute is a really difficult exercise. Nevertheless, the algorithm behind the Official World Golf Ranking says it is recent outpatient Tiger Woods. Perhaps not for much longer.

Three players could supplant Woods as No. 1 in the world with their Masters finish on Sunday at Augusta National.

Jason Day could take over the top spot with a win, becoming the second consecutive Australian-born player to win a green jacket after 75-plus years without one to the country's credit.

Defending champion and fellow countryman Adam Scott could take No. 1 with at least a two-way tie for third place.

Henrik Stenson, whose comeback from the depth of the driver shanks was the story of 2013, could become the first Swedish world No. 1 if he does as well as a two-way tie for second place.

Woods losing the top spot seems inevitable at this point. However, who and when remain a mystery.

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