Talk about your all-time back-door finishes. Adam Scott will become the No. 1 player in next Monday’s Official World Golf Ranking by simply sitting on the bench.
The 2013 Masters champion will become the top-ranked player in the world because the rolling, 104-week formula will give Scott enough points to surpass Tiger Woods by hundredths of a point.
Scott could have become No. 1 in the world this week had he chosen not to compete in The Players Championship. A top-16 finish at TPC Sawgrass would have landed Scott in the top spot. However, he finished T-38.
Scott has never been No. 1 in the world and becomes the second Australian to own the title. Greg Norman is the other, having held the top spot for a total of 331 weeks in his career.
Woods’ reign ends after 60 weeks atop the world ranking, his 11th such run. The 60-week span comes in at third of those 11 runs, behind record runs of 281 and 264 weeks.