It won't take long for Adam Scott to put his world No. 1 ranking to use.
Scott is a late addition to the field for next week's Crowne Plaza Invitational, marking just the third career trip to Colonial for the Aussie.
Scott is not playing this week, but thanks to the mathematics of the OWGR will surpass Tiger Woods for the top spot in the world rankings when they are published on Monday. After a T-38 finish at The Players Championship, Scott hinted at making a tweak to his schedule leading up to the U.S. Open.
"I think I need to play a little bit, potentially might play some more golf rather than go to the range," he said. "I just feel like I should get out on the golf course. I'll have to decide somewhere over the next few days what I'm doing."
Scott's prior two appearances at Colonial have produced middling results. He tied for 64th in 2009, then after opening with a 66 in 2011 he tied for 65th after shooting 74-74 over the weekend. He is committed to play the Memorial Tournament the following week, which is expected to be his final competitive start before heading to Pinehurst No. 2 for the season's second major.
When he tees it up at Colonial, Scott will do so as the top-ranked player in the world for the first time in his career and will become the first Aussie to top the world rankings since Greg Norman last held the top spot in January 1998.