No. 1 ranking up for grabs on two tours


Who’s No. 1?

We’ll find out Sunday.

We could have a new top dog on both the PGA and LPGA tours. Right now the incumbents are Adam Scott in the Official World Golf Ranking and Inbee Park in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, but Henrik Stenson and Stacy Lewis could supplant them.

Will Gray and Randall Mell have the details, but here’s the nutshell version: Lewis needs to finish solo third or better in the Airbus LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala. After three rounds, that’s exactly where she stands. Park can’t play defense – she missed the cut.

On the men’s side, it’s more complicated. Scott’s and Stenson’s chances hinge on where both finish Sunday – Scott in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, where after 54 holes he is tied for 11th but only two strokes off the lead; and Stenson in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England, where he is tied for seventh, nine shots off the 54-hole pace.

After struggling to make the cut on Friday, Scott rebounded with a bogey-free 4-under 66 to jump into contention. He'll likely need to follow that with another solid round on Sunday to have a shot at keeping the top ranking. Stenson opened with a 4-under 68, then followed it with bookend 71s.

The volatility of the No. 1 ranking is a recent phenomenon on both tours. Park held the women’s top spot for 58 weeks, and before Scott took over the men’s No. 1 ranking this week, Tiger Woods held it for 60 weeks. And that’s not counting the other 623 weeks that Woods has been No. 1.