Adam Scott up for the fight in the battle for number one spot

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Scott knows exactly what it takes to win at Firestone (©GettyImages)
Scott knows exactly what it takes to win at Firestone (©GettyImages).

World number one Adam Scott hopes to remain just that this week when he tees off at the final World Golf Championship event of the year at Firestone, with Rory McIlroy posing a serious threat to the Australian's title as the planet's best golfer. 

In light of the Northern Irishman's stunning wire-to-wire victory at Royal Liverpool last week that secured his first Open title and moved him within one Major - the Masters - of the career Grand Slam, he can now end his 15-month hiatus from the number one spot with a victory at the Bridgestone Invitational. 

For a win to be enough for the three-time Major winner, though, Scott must finish outside of the top five, and after he impressed once again at Hoylake where he eventually tied-fifth, he is not prepared to give up his place atop of the golf world without a fight. 

Scott ready to push

"As far as the number one thing, I think every week I've played the number one has been up for grabs," Scott told reporters. 

"But if I beat everyone, then it's not up for grabs. I'm going to push myself to try to play like the best player here this week and get that result."

History is certainly on the 34-year-old's side. Scott impressed at the Akron course in 2006; shooting a seven-under 63 in his opening round before succumbing to a Tiger Woods at the peak of his powers.

And five years later he went one better on the Thursday with a 62, and with Woods enduring the toughest period of his career in 2011 and unable to stop the Australian this time, Scott secured his maiden WGC victory in Ohio with a 263 total - the lowest 72-hole score recorded bar Woods' incredible -21 in 2000. 

The 2013 Masters champion reflected positively upon his time in England on the Wirral links course, but insisted he could not blame the draw for his failure to provide more of a challenge to eventual winner McIlroy. 

"It was unfortunate but even if you get dealt the wrong draw, that's not an excuse at all. I could have done better on Friday in the wind; I made a couple of soft bogeys. 

"When you feel like you've played and prepared well enough to win and you execute pretty much how you'd expect and you don't get a result, well, I'm pretty motivated to get a result here now," he added. 

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Fight for top spot

With so many top players still left battling it out for Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup points as 2014 reaches its most crucial stage, the duo's battle for number one spot seems slightly insignificant in comparison. 

That said, with the pair displaying such consistent form that sets them apart from the rest of the world's elite players - especially over the past two years - the fight for top spot may well be taking centre stage come Sunday night. 

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