Top 16 could see Scott go to world number one
Adam Scott could easily have stayed at home this week and become Number One in the world for a first occasion in his career.
The World No. 2 even joked “See you later, guys” when brought up-to-date with the various scenarios that could unfold this week in the absence of the current World No. 1 and defending Players Championship titleholder, Tiger Woods.
Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
And while Scott joked about the prospect of unseating Woods he remains true to his professionalism and looking to win a second Players Championship on the 10-year anniversary of his first and not finish top-16.
“I didn’t know I could go to No. 1 finishing top-16, so I haven’t been thinking about it that much,” he said.
“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.
“So like I said, I think the work since the Masters has been good, and hopefully it’s going to hold up this week. I would love to win this golf tournament and ascend to No. 1 in the world that way and not just look at what position I need to finish”.
Ten years ago Scott became the third Australian-born player to win the Players Championship when the Queenslander defeated Ireland’s Padraig Harrington by a shot.
Scott joined boyhood hero Greg Norman who won in 1994 and Steve Elkington who won in 1991 and 1997 as winners of the PGA Tour’s flagship event.
However Scott had been asked to look back on his win here 10 years ago and whether winning at such a young age of 24 may have been a blessing or a curse.
“It’s interesting as I probably took the wrong things out of winning the Players at a young age,” he said.
“And completely on the other side I took all the right things out of losing an Open Championship and made the most out of it, and I didn’t make the most out of winning this tournament at a young age.”
“I think inexperience and being a bit naive at that point probably worked against me and I didn’t realise to keep going up to that next level how much harder I probably would have to work.
“And I kept winning and playing good, but I never really performed like that on any other big stage for quite awhile.”
“So whereas winning the Masters last year was a similar kind of thing, where I felt like I can’t waste this chance and this opportunity and the momentum and confidence that gives me, and I think I did a good job of that.”
“So 10 years on I have definitely learned something out of the experience.”