PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The top spot in the world rankings is very much up for grabs Sunday at The Players Championship.
Four players began the week with a chance to depose Tiger Woods as the top-ranked golfer in the world – Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar.
Kuchar needs a win, and his chances after three rounds appear remote. Despite a third-round 69, the 2012 Players champ will begin the final round among a tie for 13th at 5 under, seven shots behind co-leaders Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth.
Watson is alongside Kuchar at 5 under, and also appears unlikely to reach the top spot this week. The reigning Masters champ has carded three straight rounds of par or better on the Stadium Course but needs a win or solo second to move to No. 1.
Things get interesting, though, for Stenson and Scott. Stenson, like Kuchar and Watson, is tied for 13th but needs only a top-six finish to move past Woods in the standings. He won on this course in 2009 and has broken par in each of the first three rounds.
Scott barely made the cut after an opening 77, but he played his way back into contention after rounds of 67 and 69. The Aussie will tee off tied for 28th, 10 shots back, and needs only a top-16 finish to move past Woods when the rankings are released Monday.