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Geoff Ogilvy: Adam Scott is far better than Tiger Woods

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Scott can take the number one spot with victory this week (©GettyImages)
Scott can take the number one spot with victory this week (©GettyImages).

Geoff Ogilvy believes that compatriot Adam Scott is the true number one in the world at this moment in time.

Ogilvy, who is in the field alongside Scott at The Players Championship at Sawgrass this week, believes that there is nobody playing better golf in the world than the 2013 Masters champion and that this should be recognised.

He also believes that Scott is a far superior player to current world number one Tiger Woods.

He told reporters at Sawgrass, where The Players Championship takes place: “No one else has played better in the last three years than Scotty, especially in big tournaments.

"He's a legitimate number one. He's a way better player than Tiger at this moment right now, purely on recent record.

"Adam basically can't finish outside the top 10. He's always contending, especially in the big ones.

"Hopefully he does it in style and finishes second to me this week."

Scott can actually catch Woods this week if he is to reign victorious at Sawgrass. The 14-time major champion is being kept out with a persistent back problem, after having an operation on it in March.

As such his world number one spot is up for grabs and there are a clutch of players who will be looking to take it off him. As well as Scott, Masters Champion Bubba Watson, the Swede Henrik Stenson and the in-form Matt Kuchar can all surge to the top of the golfing world if they are to win this week.

Having said that, even if one of the four do not take control of the rankings this week there is a good chance they will in the not too distant future.

Woods has set no exact date for his return – saying he will be back playing again in “the summer” – but is unlikely he will fit again in either of May or June.

If this is to be the case Woods will miss the second major of the year, the U.S Open, and surely his number one spot, too.

The Open Championship has been suggested by some sources to be the return date for Woods, but this would leave him out until mid-July and seriously damage his chances of staying at the top of rankings.

Indeed, there is an argument that his spot in the golfing world is slightly misleading. Even before the injury, Woods had been nowhere near the top of his game and Ogilvy’s view that Scott is ahead of him nowadays, is one that is widely held.

If he is to win this week, though, he will have his work cut-out. The Players Championship is widely considered ‘the fifth major’ of the year and is the PGA Tour’s flagship event and a field of the quality of this one does that justice.

As well as the aforementioned foursome, who will be jostling for top spot in the rankings, the likes of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia will all be teeing up on Thursday and amongst the favourites to take the crown.

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