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Scott aiming to top Tiger


Adam Scott. Picture credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Scott. Picture credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Scott. Picture credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

AUSTRALIAN Adam Scott could replace Tiger Woods as world number one this week, and with his American rival's fitness still a matter for debate there may be no more opportune moment to do so.

Woods pulled out of last week's Honda Classic 13 holes into his final round after back spasms but following treatment he insists he is ready to compete in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

However, the 38-year-old's assertions over his fitness were questioned when he said he only planned to walk the Blue Monster course to chip and putt and not playing a full round.

In the past that may have been acceptable for a man who has been victorious four times at this venue and won the tournament on seven occasions but this year the course has been extensively remodelled and even Woods accepts he has "no idea about what that golf course holds out there".

Of greater concern to him will be his fitness for four days of competition, with his participation seemingly in doubt when he walked out of the Honda Classic on Sunday.

"I couldn't twist any more. I didn't know what was coming and it got to a point where I was doing more harm than good," he said in his pre-tournament press conference.

"I feel better; I feel good. It's been a long couple of days of treatment, non-stop, but my treatments have been fantastic.

"It's annoying being poked and prodded all the time but it's got me to a point where I can do this today and tomorrow I'll be able to hit more full shots and go all out."

Scott needs to win the £5.3million event and hope Woods finishes outside the top 10 if he wants to become the first Australian to top the world rankings since Greg Norman, who held it for 331 weeks.

"I've said the whole time I wouldn't really think about it when it came to this and it's impossible not to think about it," said the 33-year-old Masters champion, who has been drawn alongside Woods and world number three Henrik Stenson.


"It would be a dream come true to make it to that point but it's not necessarily probable either.

"If you look at stats and numbers there's no reason why I'm just going to roll out and win this week but there's great motivation for me to do that.

"I don't know how Tiger feels about it but it's obviously a position he's pretty comfortable with for a long time throughout his career, and I can assure you from knowing him just a little bit it's a position he probably wouldn't want to give up.

"So I don't know that we're going to be trying to play each other head-to-head, because we know this field is a lot bigger than the two of us."

US Open champion Justin Rose is attempting another comeback from injury but he is confident he is in good enough shape to compete this week as he begins his build-up to next month's Masters.

"The shoulder is definitely getting better. I wouldn't call it 100 per cent but I would call it 'on the way there'," said the Englishman.

"I haven't hit as many balls as I would but I don't believe that's a contributing factor to how I'm going to perform.

"I'm trying to really get some momentum going – you want to feel like you've been in contention and you've really tested your game under pressure going into a major championship."