Golf-Scott lured by Players title, not top ranking

Wed May 7, 2014 2:57pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Adam Scott has a golden opportunity to become world number one for the first time after this week's Players Championship but the Australian is much more concerned with trying to win the tournament.

Top-ranked Tiger Woods, who won this elite event last year, is a notable absentee from the TPC Sawgrass while continuing his recovery from back surgery and Scott is one of four players who could take over at number one after Sunday's final round.

"I haven't been thinking about No. 1 that much," second-ranked Scott told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round.

"Look, I'm here to win golf tournaments. That's been the goal and from that you can get to No. 1 in the world if you win enough, often enough.

"I've had a couple of good chances this year already and haven't been able to pull it off, not because it's been weighing on my mind but I just wasn't sharp enough playing the last couple of rounds at a few events."

Bizarrely, Scott could have overtaken Woods by not competing this week at the TPC Sawgrass, simply due to a quirk in the official world ranking system."It's just the way it is, I guess," the Australian smiled. "It's a very hard system to perfect.

"With tours all around the world, people playing everywhere and awarding fair points for everything, I think they have come up with the best (system) they possibly can and they have been fairly accurate over the years.

"Of course there's always the odd one that doesn't quite make sense, and potentially this week if I sit at home and watch everyone, I might end up No. 1. That's a bit odd but it's a complicated system."   Continued...

Former Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia waves to the gallery as he walks up to the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder