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Adam Scott to become world number one next week

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Adam Scott will become the world's number one golfer next week no matter what happens at the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas. 

The Australian has tried and failed on several occasions to move to number one in the Official World Golf Rankings, including this week where a top-16 finish would have been good enough. 

However, because of the way the ranking points are calculated, the only thing stopping Scott from reaching the top would be if American Matt Kuchar earned 53 points at the PGA Tour's next pit stop this week upcoming.

Last year, though, the Byron Nelson champion only collected 40 points - meaning Scott will be number one next Monday. 

It has been a long time coming for the 2013 Masters champion, who alongside Henrik Stenson, has lit up world golf in the past year since sealing his maiden major title at Augusta thanks to a playoff victory over Argentinian Angel Cabrera. 

After announcing he married last month to his long-term girlfriend, the good news keeps on coming for Scott - who Geoff Ogilvy believes is a "far better" golfer than the currently injured Tiger Woods at the moment. 

Woods has not featured since the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral, and has since missed his first Masters since 1994 after undergoing a microdiscectomy on a pinched nerve in his lower back. While the surgery was a success, he revealed last week that he could still not put a time on his return to the professional game. 

In his absence, several players have caught up with the 14-time major winner in the rankings. Scott, Kuchar, Stenson and Bubba Watson all failed to claim the necessary finish at this week's Players Championship to become the world's best ranked player. 

For Scott, though, it does not matter. With Woods likely to make a comeback this summer - The Open at the earliest - the 33-year-old Australian has the chance to accumulate a sizeable advantage in the rankings in the coming months. 

There was more good news for 2014 Players champion Martin Kaymer, also, as he rose to number 28 from 61, while 20-year-old Jordan Spieth moved into a career-high position of seventh. 

It was not a good week for Phil Mickelson, though. Another missed cut for the five-time major winner saw him slip to 11th - the first time he has not been inside the top 10 in over a year. 

The rankings do not necessarily mean as much in golf as they do in other sports, but from a European perspective with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles rapidly approaching the horizon, it's a positive sign for captain Paul McGinley that Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Stenson and Justin Rose all currently find themselves among the top 10. 

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