No. 1 in sight for Adam Scott

Updated: March 5, 2014, 3:19 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com


DORAL, Fla. -- Adam Scott has openly expressed his desire to get to No. 1 in the world, always with the caveat that the goal was not near.

It is now.

With a victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship this week, Scott is projected to move to No. 1, provided Tiger Woods finishes worse than sixth. Each player in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to play in the WGC event, which begins Thursday.

Scott said "absolutely it will'' when asked if that provides any extra motivation this week. "It's impossible not to think about it. It would be a dream come true to make it to that point, but it's not necessarily probable, either.

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Stan Badz/PGA TOURAdam Scott can become No. 1 in the world with a victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral as long as Tiger Woods finishes worst than sixth.

"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.''

Scott, who won four worldwide tournaments last year including the Masters, tied for 12th last week at the Honda Classic following a six-week break.

He is scheduled to play the first two rounds at Trump National Doral with Woods and world No. 3 Henrik Stenson.

"I'm very comfortable with where my game is at and certainly believe it's in a position where I can put myself in contention this week, and if I got there, the motivation to win would be that much more than just winning a trophy," Scott said. "But [to] win a tournament and achieve the No. 1 ranking potentially with that would be a great way to do it. It would be a great story for myself, anyway.''

Bob Harig | email

Golf Writer, ESPN.com

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