Adam Scott can enjoy this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship on television, safe in the knowledge that he will become world No 1 regardless of the result.
In the absence of the injured Tiger Woods, Scott has had several opportunities to play his way to the top of the rankings, most notably when blowing a seven-shot halfway lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The former Masters champion would also have overtaken Woods with a top-16 finish in the Players Championship last week, but slumped to an opening 77 and eventually finished joint 38th.
However, the 33-year-old Australian will finally rise to No 1 when the updated rankings are released on Monday, even if Matt Kuchar wins the tournament.
World No 5 Kuchar would also overtake Woods with a victory, but would not be able to surpass Scott.