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The Players Championship gets underway later today and as well as the 10million dollars up for grabs there are also four players vying to displace Tiger Woods as the world’s top ranked player.

2004 winner Adam Scott has been on the cusp of overtaking Tiger and tied 16th or better should do it:

"I've had a couple 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 rounds at a few events. I would love to win this golf tournament and ascend to No. 1 that way and not just look for a position to do so.”

Elsewhere if results go their way Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar could all occupy top spot come Sunday.

Bubba would need at least an outright second place finish, Stenson a two-way tie for sixth, or better, and Kuchar would need to repeat his success here in 2012… of course any of the four’s performances could affect the others:

"That's really cool. I don't think I knew that. It's a cool thing about the game of golf at the moment. That title is a pretty impressive title. To be number one in the world at anything is amazing. To have a chance to be No. 1 in the world in the game of golf, I think all of us that play have those dreams. I think all of us that are out here dream of being number one. That's cool to have that chance right now."

As has become tradition, the annual Players Championship Caddie Competition took place yesterday, as the player’s right hand men attempt to conquer, the 17th’s island green.

Shawn Stefani’s caddy Chris Callas took the honours but it was Rory McIlroy, who got the most attention.

Shortly after caddy J.P. Fitzgerald had sunk his effort into the water, the Northern Irishman tried his hand at making it with a throw… predictably his attempt was off-target.

That’s all for today join us tomorrow when we’ll bring you the latest from The Players. In the meantime follow us on Twitter at golfingworldtv and we’re on Facebook and Instagram. Bye for now.

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