Johannesburg: Australian golf ace Adam Scott will reportedly claim the world number one from the injured Tiger Woods in next week’s rankings even though he will not play this week.
Scott, who won his first major title at last year’s Masters, will become the first Australian golfer to claim the top spot in the rankings since Greg Norman ruled the list for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s.
According to Sport24, although both Scott and Woods will lose points in the two-year ranking system as neither of them are playing, however, Woods, who is atop the rankings for the 683rd week in his career, will fall behind Scott when points are recalculated on Monday.
The report mentioned that Woods has been sidelined for more than six weeks following surgery to ease a pinched nerve that caused him to miss the Masters for the first time in his career.
Fifth-ranked American Matt Kuchar could also pass Woods on the next list with a triumph in Texas but would not be able to move ahead of Scott’s new total.
Scott becomes the 17th player to become world number one and the fourth to overtake a rival for the top spot in a week when he is not playing, joining England’s Lee Westwood and Nick Faldo and Welshman Ian Woosnam, the report added.