Adam Scott will be the No. 1-ranked player in the world heading into the U.S. Open, according to world-ranking projections. It will be the first time in the Australian’s career that he is No. 1 at one of the grand slam events.
It appears that as many as three other players will have the opportunity to take over the No. 1 spot at Pinehurst, though each scenario involving Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and possibly Matt Kuchar involves a victory, according to Golf Channel's OWGR guru, Alan Robison.
Scott tied for fourth at the Memorial, while Stenson was solo fifth at the Nordea Masters, the European Tour event played in his home country of Sweden. An idle Tiger Woods slipped to No. 4 in the world.
Kuchar is the only player in the top 5 scheduled to tee it up this week, as he was a last-minute addition to the field at the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Meanwhile, last week’s winner, Hideki Matsuyama, jumped from 24th to a career-best 13th with his playoff victory over Kevin Na. It was the first career Tour title for the 22-year-old Japanese sensation.
The consolation prize for runner-up Na was that he moved from 70th to 40th, making him exempt into next week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Thongchai Jaidee, the European Tour winner in a playoff, jumped from 54th to 37th.