If Adam Scott wins this week’s Talisker Masters, he’ll be closer to the World No.1 position than ever before, and here’s why.
Confirmed overnight, projections show that the winner of the Talisker Masters will receive more Official World Golf Ranking points than this week’s PGA TOUR event, the OHL Classic.
Official World Golf Ranking points are awarded to eligible events generally related to the strength of the field based on the number and ranking of the Top-200 World Ranked players and the Top-30 of the Home Tour players in the respective tournament.
Winners of PGA Tour of Australasia events usually receive a minimum 16 points.
This week the winner will receive 26.
That means if Scotty retains the Gold Jacket he’ll edge even closer than expected to Tiger’s World No.1 position with the next few weeks in Australia providing even greater opportunity for the Queenslander to stake a claim for world golf’s top ranking.
Next week’s ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf is expected to attract a similar (or slightly increased) Official World Golf Ranking allocation to this week’s event.
However the biggest opportunity for Scott lies ahead at Royal Sydney.
The Emirates Australian Open will receive double the PGA Tour of Australasia’s minimum Official World Golf Ranking allocation, meaning at least 32 points will be given to the person who claims the Stonehaven Cup.
So what does this all really mean?
Put simply, if Adam Scott does the unthinkable and claims the ‘triple crown’ of Australian golf (or the ‘Scotty Slam’ as it’s been nicknamed), at the end of 2013 the current World No.2 may just find himself less than a point behind the all powerful Tiger Woods heading into season 2014.
Now that’s something!
And while there is still plenty of golf to be played in Australia before then, if Scott’s form at RACV Royal Pines Resort last week and at Royal Melbourne this week tells us one thing, it’s that a Scott clean sweep is not completely out of the realm of possibility.
Scott’s game is as good as it’s been all year.
And what’s scary, is the man himself still thinks he has room to improve in the coming days and weeks.
So could the Australian flag be positioned next to the World No.1 ranking at some stage in early 2014?
We’ve only got two words: C’mon Aussie!