Woods and Scott paired together at the WGC Cadillac Championship in a battle for the world number one ranking.
Adam Scott has the opportunity to take the number one world ranking in golf with a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship this week.
Not surprisingly though, it would not only need a victory from Adam Scott, but also a sub-par performance from Tiger Woods.
Adam Scott is currently ranked as the number two golfer in the world (according to the Official World Golf Rankings) If Scott wins this week, and Woods finishes seventh or worse, Scott would move to the top spot for the first time in his career.
“I’ve said the whole time, I wouldn’t really think about it when it came to this and it’s impossible not to think about it.” Scott said.
“It would be a dream come true to make it to that point, but it’s not necessarily probable, either. If you look at stats and numbers, there’s no reason why I’m just going to roll out and win this week, but there’s great motivation for me to do that.”
Scott will get a close look at Woods as he is paired with the world number one for the opening two rounds at the famous Blue Monster Course at Doral. Henrik Stenson, ranked at #3 in the world completes the supergroup for the first two rounds.
Scott had a lengthy chat to the press ahead of the tournament and chatted more about six weeks off from tournament golf, the pairing with woods and Stenson and the idea of being #1 in the world.
On practising again after a three week break from golf:
It’s probably the short game. But to the first couple days, it feels pretty rusty and you kind of try and remember where you were, and it only takes a couple of days, and I think it’s all relative. For somebody who plays and practices a lot, that’s fair. For someone who is working a job 9 to 5 gets to play a Saturday round and then gets four months away from the game, I don’t think it’s fair that they expect to find it in a couple days. It might take them a little longer than that.
On the 1, 2, 3 world ranking pairing with Woods and Stenson:
Yeah, I think we’re doing the 1,2,3 pairing. I’ve been a part of that a few other times at U.S. Opens. It’s a fun pairing. I think it’s a good way to do the pairing occasionally for the game of golf, because for whatever reason, you don’t get 1,2,3 always Saturday and Sunday playing against each other like it seems a little more often in tennis, predictable top four seeds are going to go through to the semifinals. I think it is absolutely a good pairing with the No. 1 up for grabs.
And on the idea of becoming the world’s number one ranked golfer and staying there for as long as Woods (~400 weeks) and Norman (~300 weeks):
No, I haven’t even really thought about it, Ben, to be honest with you. I don’t know what I would feel like. I think it’s a tough position to be in. Thinking about it, as much as we all want to achieve to get there, but what they have done to maintain that level is incredible, however many it is for Tiger, and the amazing drive that they have.
I don’t know, if that happens, if you get there and that just happens to you and you just don’t want to give it up; if that’s how you feel, then maybe that’s what will happen. I can’t even think about that, 300 weeks, that’s, what, six years? I’ll try and get through today.
Yes, perhaps we’re all getting ahead of ourselves here a little.