After flirting with a missed cut at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Adam Scott carded a 4-under 66 during the third round at Colonial to set up a cross-continental battle Sunday with Henrik Stenson for the top spot in the world rankings.
Scott reached No. 1 this week for the first time in his career, and the Aussie made a move Saturday with a bogey-free effort in Fort Worth. Upon completion of his round, Scott was tied for ninth at 5 under, two shots off the lead.
Stenson entered the week at No. 3 in the rankings and remains hot on Scott's heels despite playing nearly 5,000 miles away at the BMW PGA Championiship on the European Tour. Stenson shot a 1-under 71 during the third round at Wentworth and will begin the final round in a tie for seventh, nine shots behind leader Thomas Bjorn.
With Scott and Stenson both in contention while playing six time zones apart, the top spot in next week's ranking remains very much up for grabs - although as the incumbent No. 1, Scott holds the inside track. If Scott falls back to 20th at Colonial, though, Stenson could move to No. 1 with a top-12 finish. If Scott finishes 10th, Stenson would need to finish sixth or better, while a fifth-place showing from Scott would mean Stenson would need to finish fourth or better at Wentworth to become the new No. 1.
A number of players have seen their first trip to the top spot in world rankings end after just one week, including Ernie Els, Fred Couples and Tiger Woods. Tom Lehman notably reached No. 1 in April 1997, but was overtaken by Greg Norman after just one week and never returned to the top spot in the world rankings.