New No. 1 Scott ready to switch focus back to golf

Wed May 21, 2014 5:56pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Adam Scott plans to enjoy being the world's top-ranked player for as long as he can but knows his focus needs to be on golf at this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Australian will be competing in his first PGA Tour event since he dislodged Tiger Woods from the game's pinnacle on Monday, and he was still coming to terms with that achievement when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday.

"It's incredible really to sit here as the number one golfer in the world," a smiling Scott said in the interview room at Colonial Country Club. "I feel I probably downplayed the rankings for the last few months.

"I was trying to take some pressure off myself and just think about playing golf rather than other things that happen from it. Monday morning when it was official I had a better sense of the achievement in becoming number one.

"It certainly means a lot to me and my family and the team of guys around me who spend a lot of time with me."

Scott, who spent 38 weeks as the second-ranked player, had several chances to overtake Woods through high tournament finishes but failed to do so until he seized the top spot on Monday.

The 33-year-old is just the second Australian to become number one, following Greg Norman's final reign which ended in 1998, but he knows his stay could be short lived.

"I am going to have to work pretty hard to stay on top but part of coming here this week was to play as the number one golfer in the world and enjoy it for at least a week," said Scott. "And from there we will see what happens."

The top five players in the rankings are separated by less than a world ranking point and either Swede Henrik Stenson (third) or American Matt Kuchar (fifth) could dethrone Scott this week. Woods (second) and Bubba Watson (fourth) are not competing.   Continued...

May 10, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Adam Scott tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports