Adam Scott feels that his victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational is validation of his new-found position at the top of the golfing world.
After a sustained period of good form, Scott has been able to establish himself as the number one player, taking the top rank off Tiger Woods.
This has owed much to Woods’ back injury, which has kept him from playing in a competitive tournament since March, and with no imminent return date set it has meant that a clutch of players have all been aiming to rise to the top.
Just this week Rory McIlroy has said that he wants to be the man to beat across the golfing world – setting his sights on two majors this year – but currently it is Scott who has that particular accolade.
And the Australian feels that his most recent victory in Texas proves as some sort of justification for that.
“It’s so satisfying in so many ways to get it done,” Scott said. “It’s a good feeling, and maybe some validation.
“Maybe I added a little pressure for myself, trying to play like a No 1. But I think the important thing was I realised that didn’t mean playing perfect, and I certainly didn’t play perfectly all week.
“But the way you come back and get it done, and I felt like I certainly played like one of the best players in the world out there on the back nine.”
Scott had to be at the top of his game to win, as he got to nine-under for the week to force a playoff against the American Jason Dufner.
Both men had shot four-under-par rounds of 66 on the final day to get to the playoff, and it took three extra holes for the title to be decided, but ultimately Scott came out on top – as his nerves held out.
It was Scott’s first win on the tour this season, but his solid displays throughout the campaign have led to him claiming the number one spot.
This victory will push him further ahead of the likes of Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, too, who were both looking to close the gap on him this week.
Scott has made four top tens in the eight events he has played on the tour so far this season and, despite a major disappointment of not making the cut at the Masters – a competition which he won last year – he has still been able to do enough to claim the number one spot.
He will have a chance to continue to increase his advantage, too. Woods appears to be set to miss out on playing at the US Open, which takes place in June, meaning he will likely slip even further than he has already in the rankings.
Woods is currently in third position, behind Scott and Stenson, but will be hoping that the surgery on his back injury will have desired effect and allow him to start finding the form that has made him golf’s biggest star in recent years.
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