NORTON, Mass. – Just to recap the potential scenarios that could end Tiger Woods’ 264-week reign atop the World Golf Ranking on Monday:
Phil Mickelson, No. 2 in the ranking and currently tied for sixth place at TPC Boston, can take over the top spot with a win, with a second-place showing, but only if Woods finishes outside the top 3, a third (Woods outside top 9) or a fourth-place finish (with Woods outside the top 24 and Steve Stricker not winning).
Stricker – No. 4 in the ranking and tied for fourth place, four shots off the lead – can unseat Woods if he wins his second consecutive Deutsche Bank Championship and Woods finishes outside the top 9 and Mickelson is no better than fourth place.
If you think that’s convoluted, don’t even ask about the potential scenarios for a new No. 1 on the FedEx Cup points standings.