ORLANDO, Fla. – Another week, another chance for Adam Scott to become the No. 1-ranked player in the world … at some point.
Should he win the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week, Scott wouldn’t earn enough ranking points to pass Tiger Woods immediately, but should neither tee it up again before the Masters, the reigning champion would enter that week as the new top player.
It’s a scenario that, at one time, he had given up on.
“I dreamt as a kid to be No. 1,” Scott said Wednesday. “And I thought coming out of school early and having some good results in professional events as an amateur, I thought this is what I'm doing. And I played with Tiger before that U.S. Open at Pebble Beach [in 2000], and I figured that I'm not even close. And then obviously saw the tear he went on for the next three or four years. And by that point pretty much put No. 1 out of my mind.
“It was just clear that I didn't know how to get to No. 1, if I had to pass him at that point. I just wasn't there. And for the better part of 10 years, No. 1 was kind of off the radar.”