Having reached the summit of the Official World Golf Ranking, Adam Scott made one thing clear Wednesday: He’s going to take a moment to enjoy the view.
Scott moved past Tiger Woods when the rankings were released Monday, becoming the first Australian in more than 16 years to assume the top spot. He admitted that he had previously tried to downplay the importance of the world rankings in an attempt to reduce the pressure he felt and focus on playing golf.
“It’s quite incredible really, to sit here as the No. 1 golfer in the world,” Scott said Wednesday in advance of the Crowne Plaza Invitational. “I think Monday morning when it was official, maybe I had a better sense of the achievement in becoming No. 1 … It’s an amazing accomplishment for me.”
The 33-year-old was a late addition to the field at Colonial, and he explained that his decision to return to Fort Worth for the first time since 2011 was partially rooted in his desire to put his newly-minted ranking to use.
“I’m going to have to work pretty hard to stay on top, but a part of coming here this week was to play as the No. 1 golfer in the world and enjoy it, at least for a week,” he said. “From there, we’ll see what happens.”
Scott celebrated his rise to No. 1 Monday night with some close friends, and the cork and wrapping from the champagne bottle they opened will be cast in sterling silver and engraved to commemorate the occasion.
“You’ve got to enjoy the moment I think, a lot of the time, and certainly playing here this week is for me,” Scott said. “It’s something that you throw around a lot when you’re a kid, when you’re 12 years old, that you’ll be the best player in the world. It’s really quite incredible that it happened.”
After multiple opportunities to move to No. 1 with an on-course result came and went, Scott finally reached the top spot after sitting out last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship. While it wasn’t his preferred route, the Aussie has no regrets about moving up during a bye week.
“It would have been nice, but all the playing I did added up to this anyway,” he said. “It’s just the way the system works. Sure, it would have been awesome to win a tournament and jump to No. 1 as some guys have, but it wasn’t the way. Hopefully I can get on and try to win a tournament this week or next week and try to keep myself on top of the list.”
Nearly 14 years into a professional career that has seen both peaks and valleys, Scott reiterated that he wants to take time to savor reaching one of the highest points the game has to offer.
“Enjoy this week, and I enjoyed Monday night ... but you’ve got to do that to kind of understand,” he said. “Otherwise, everything becomes very monotonous, and nothing’s great and nothing’s bad, but you can’t be like that. You’ve got to go through the highs and the lows.”