Adam Scott toppling Tiger Woods has an anti-climactic feel

It might be historic, but it does not feel heroic after the Australian usurped the American as world No 1 despite neither player in action last week.
Adam Scott of Australia plays a bunker shot on the first hole during the first round of the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images
Adam Scott of Australia plays a bunker shot on the first hole during the first round of the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

Unless you reside south of the equator, on a certain island, you probably missed the news item.

This week, as forecast, Australia’s Adam Scott displaced Tiger Woods as world No 1 in the rankings.

Presumably, it occurred while Scott was at home in the Bahamas, his feet kicked up, a cool drink in one hand and a television remote control in the other as he relaxed during a week off from action.

Sort of anti-climactic, huh?

No question, Scott has outplayed the competition in the major championships of late, but yet again, Woods’s displacement as king of the realm feels more like an abdication, not an assault on the castle proper.

With Woods dropping ranking points every week since undergoing back surgery in March, his eventual ouster at the top of the rankings had become a mathematical certainty. This week, Scott supplanted him.

His conqueror would have been more memorable if one of his closest pursuers – four players had a chance to pass him with solid finishes at the Players Championship two weeks ago – had claimed No 1 during live fire.

In fact, Scott and Henrik Stenson, the two players who sit closest to Woods at the top of the rankings, have not finished better than third in 18 combined starts in 2014.

Granted, Scott is the first Australian in two decades to ascend to No 1.

It might be historic, but it does not feel heroic.

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Published: May 21, 2014 04:00 AM

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