Professional golf will have a new No. 1 next week – Adam Scott – and he didn’t have to lift a sand wedge this week to achieve the distinction.
Because of the way the Official World Golf Ranking works – pardon me if I don’t explain the algorithms and points structure – Scott finally will bump Tiger Woods out of his traditional spot despite the fact neither are playing a tournament this week.
Points roll on and off through a two-year period, and as some of Woods’ points fall away Scott’s accumulated total has allowed him to become the 17th player to achieve the No. 1 ranking.
Scott will take his new top ranking to Texas next week. He announced that he will be in the field May 22 for the Crowne Plaza Invitational, at Colonial in Fort Worth.
He’s likely to stay there longer than Tom Lehman (one week) and Bernhard Langer (three weeks), though various others including Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson had chances to take over No. 1 had they played better at The Players Championship last week.
As a point of reference, Woods has been ranked No. 1 a total of 683 weeks (approximately 13 years). The other 15 players (prior to Scott) have been No. 1 a total of 784 weeks.
It’s an elite club Scott is joining.