“I should think he will be seen as the best player in the world eventually,” the five-time major winner told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday. “He will surpass Woods and McIlroy. But it might even happen sooner than that.”
With this victory, Scott moved from seventh to third in the latest world rankings. He has ascended to this lofty perch before, but not since June 2008. He’s never been ranked first or second.
Scott, however, may be poised to make a run at the top spot. Though he still has a sizeable gap to erase (nearly three points separate he and No. 2 McIlroy), the Australian hasn’t finished worse than 15th in his last six majors.
“We’ve got the quality, not the quantity,” Thomson said, according to the report. “And there is no reason why guys like Day and Leishman can’t go on to win majors. I think both of these players will become prominent from now on.”