2014 The Players Championship Preview: Leaderboard
ADAM SCOTT is one of the big names back in action at the unofficial fifth major in the US this week and has a big chance of becoming the world’s number one ranked golfer.
Scott just needs to finish in the top 16 at The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida to leapfrog over an absent Tiger Woods into the top spot.
The 33 year old Aussie golfer won this event in 2004 and anything in the top 10 would easily see him become just the second Australian to hold the top spot after his mentor Greg Norman. Perhaps it is an omen that it is a decade since Scott won and 20 years since Norman took out the event whilst in the midst of his 331 weeks at the pinnacle of golf.
Current world number six Jason Day is also out of the tournament after continued issues with his thumb but there are others who could take Wood’s place including world No.3 and 2009 champion Henrik Stenson, No.4 Bubba Watson and No.5 Matt Kuchar, who won in 2009.
Geoff Ogilvy, who showed flashes of a return to form at the Wells Fargo Championship on the weekend and is also in the field at Ponte Vedra Beach, knows Scott has what it takes.
“No one else has played better in the last three years than Scotty, especially in big tournaments,” Ogilvy said. “He’s a legitimate number one. He’s a way better player than Tiger at this moment right now, purely on recent record. “Adam basically can’t finish outside the top 10. He’s always contending, especially in the big ones. Hopefully he does it in style and finishes second to me this week.”
Some 144 golfers will be competing for the winner’s share of a record US$10-million purse this week with one of the stars of the show as usual being the spectacular TPC Sawgrass course. Features like the par three island green at the 17th will immediately bring it to mind for most golfers.
Other Aussies joining Scott and Ogilvy include Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Steven Bowditch, Greg Chalmers, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman and John Senden.
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