MIAMI: Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott has a chance to dethrone Tiger Woods as world number one with a victory in this week’s $9 million World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship.
The 33-year-old Australian, who already achieved one dream by becoming the first Aussie to capture the coveted green jacket with his triumph last year at Augusta National, would accomplish another by taking the top ranking.
“It’s impossible not to think about it,” Scott said. “It would be a dream come true to make it to that point.”
Scott has plenty of work ahead of him.
In addition to having to win the event over the revamped layout at Doral’s Blue Monster course, Woods must finish outside the top six.
“It’s not necessarily probable,” Scott said.
“There is no reason why I’m going to roll out and win this week but it’s great motivation for me to do that.”
Scott moved to world number two last August with a victory at The Barclays and is confident he has what it takes to win this week’s $1.53 million top prize.
“I’m very comfortable with where my game’s at,” Scott said.
“I believe it’s in a position where I can put myself in contention this week.”
Scott said that he expects to feel an extra spark come Sunday if he is in the hunt for the top spot as well as the title.
“The motivation to win would be that much more. Would be a great way to do it,” he said.
Scott will play alongside Woods and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson for the first two rounds.
Coming only 11 months after his first major win, Scott admits the chance to become number one has arrived quicker than he anticipated.
“It is certainly a little bit sooner than I expected,” Scott said.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for me. It has taken a long time for me to get to this point. I’d love to go out and play great this week.
“To wake up number one in the world on Monday morning, that would be amazing.