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Adam Scott to be crowned world number one this week

Adam Scott is poised to claim golf’s top spot this week without hitting a single shot.

The Australian was full of woe last week when he failed to capitalise on becoming world number one at the Players Championship, where a top-16 finish would have been enough to see him overhaul Tiger Woods at Sawgrass. However, after carding a disappointing final-round 73, he finished outside the top 30 and left empty-handed.

But now it seems as though Scott will be world number one after all. The method to calculate the rakings will ensure that he replaces the injured Woods on May 19 by not competing in the upcoming Byron Nelson Championship.

"Like I said on Wednesday, I think you want to do it playing well and getting good results," the PING Golf player said during an interview.

"That's just the way our system is, but that's also not the biggest focus for me at the moment. I'm trying to play some good golf and get myself ready to play the next big event which is in about four or five weeks (the US Open).

"I think it's a nice feather in the cap. I mean, if I was never world number one when I'm this close I'd be disappointed, but I'd also much rather win the US Open and not be number one at all this year.

"That's what it comes down to. There weren't rankings back in the day and guys won a lot of majors, and that's how they were remembered. I guess that's still somewhat true as well."