While Tiger Woods sits out the Masters, as many as four players could have a chance to steal his No. 1 ranking at the year’s first major.
Adam Scott is the closest to Woods in the rankings, and he could rise to world No. 1 for the first time in his career if he finishes in a two-way tie for third (or better) at Augusta, according to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robison.
No. 3 Henrik Stenson needs 53 points to move into the No. 1 spot. Last year, the Houston Open winner received 56 points, so there is a strong possibility that the FedEx Cup champion could take over the No. 1 ranking with a victory this week. If he misses the cut in Houston, he would need a two-way for second or better at Augusta.
Other scenarios, which could change dramatically depending on Stenson's play this week in Houston: Jason Day, who has been plagued recently by a thumb injury, could reach No. 1 if he wins the Masters. And No. 4 Phil Mickelson would need to go back-to-back – winning both Houston and the Masters – to ascend to world No. 1 for the first time.