Adam Scott misses world number one at Players

So near and yet so far.

And what must hurt Adam Scott even more is the thought that he could have stayed at home and still become the number one rated player in the world – missing last weekend’s Tournament Players Championship in Sawgrass, Florida.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Scott made the cut, just, but had to finish 16th or better to ascend to number one in the world.

Yet a first-round 77 torpedoed those chances and it was a credit to Scott that the Queenslander was able to bounce back with a 67 in the second round just to qualify for the weekend.

And although he played two solid rounds to conclude the TPC, that elusive ranking continued to elude him.

Again though, it was also a credit to Scott that he chose to play and not sit back and take the title without earning it the hard way.

It is only postponing the inevitable because Scott will get there, for sure, and become only the second Aussie, behind Greg Norman to ever reach that lofty goal.

Not since Greg Norman spent a total of 331 weeks at the top of the mountain has Australia boasted the best player in the world.

Many fellow players, including another Aussie, former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, have suggested Scott is already the best player in the world:

“No one else has played better in the last three years than Scotty, especially in big tournaments,” Ogilvy said.

“He’s a legitimate number one.”

“He’s a way better player than Tiger at this moment right now, purely on his recent record.”

“He’s always contending, especially in the big ones.“