Pros advice

Adam Scott continues pursuit of No.1 spot

The Australian can climb to the top of the golfing mountain with only a half decent result at this weekend’s Players Championship and finally realise his dream of being world No.1.

A decade has passed since Adam Scott claimed the trophy at 2004’s TPC Sawgrass, and as he chases a second title this time around, there will be an overriding knowledge that a finish inside the top 16 will put him in the ascendency and usurp Tiger Woods as the second ever Australian world No.1 ranked player.

Since Greg Norman spent a total of 331 weeks at the top of the ladder, no Australian player has since been able to replicate his feat.

However, the stars seem to be aligning. In perhaps a kismet moment, it is now 20 years since Norman won the 1994 Players Championship, which is known by many as the “fifth major,” during one of his stints at the top.

Of course Scott is the favourite to claim top spot this time out, but he should be wary; there are others in the pack who could also place themselves in the big throne should Scott fail to finish where he needs to. No.3 Henrik Stenson, No.4 Bubba Watson and No.5 Matt Kuchar call all technically achieve world No.1 status.

Adam Scott earning a top 16 place seems easy compared to how well he’s performed in the past, but the more pessimistic of supporters will point to the fact that he has only been inside the mark once in the last six starts at TPC Sawgrass.

A massive $US10 million purse, $US1.8 million of which goes the champion, will be another nerve-shredder, and of course there’s also the famous finish including the island green 17th, which has always provided plenty of drama.