Tiger Woods is no longer officially the world's best golfer after Adam Scott usurped him at the top of the rankings despite not competing in this week's Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons resort.
Scott has been easily the most consistent player since sealing his breakthrough major win at Augusta last year to become the first Australian ever to win the Masters.
He had trailed Woods in second place for the past 38 weeks, but the absence of the 14-time major champion Scott has moved above him in the Official World Golf Rankings despite his failure to win a PGA Tour event this season.
In sealing the number one berth at the top of world golf Scott also becomes the first man from his country to be ranked as the best since Greg Norman relinquished the title in 1998.
The Aussie has enjoyed remarkable success throughout his career, but after being heralded as golf's next superstar after his Players Championship win in 2004 he failed to add another stellar title to his cupboard until WGC-Bridgestone Invitational success three years ago, after teaming up with Woods' former caddie Steve Williams.
However, in April last year Scott finally proved himself as he finally entered the major champions' winners circle when he holed two brilliant putts to defeat the Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a playoff on the 18th hole in Georgia.
He followed that up with another victory three months later at the end of season FedEx Cup playoff event The Barclays, and despite failing to notch another win this season and Woods still in rehabilitation following back surgery on a pinched nerve, he has finally jumped above him in the rankings to end a 60-week reign for Woods, who had previously slipped to 58th in the world following the 2009 revelations about his private life.
And Brian Thorburn, chief executive of the PGA of Australia, had nothing but praise for a man who has started a somewhat Australian take over in the States: "This is another outstanding achievement for Adam Scott. The Australian golfing community is very proud of him and we look forward to watching his progress throughout the year."
It is somewhat of a dramatic upturn in fortunes for Scott since he threw away a chance to win the British Open when he bogeyed the final four holes to throw away a three-shot lead and hand Ernie Els his fourth major win.
With that in mind, his feat is made all the more remarkable and symbolises the hard work he has put into his golf game since suffering a potentially career-damaging collapse in England two years ago.
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