PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - After plenty of fanfare, none of the four players who had a chance to overtake Tiger Woods for No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking will make it to the top spot after their performances in the Players Championship.
No. 2-ranked Adam Scott had the best opportunity, needing a top-16 finish to have a chance to move to No. 1 for the first time. But after rallying to make the cut on the number Friday and shooting 69 on Saturday, Scott could manage just a final-round 73 at TPC Sawgrass and finished tied for 38th.
Scott, who could have moved to No. 1 had he not played this week, will likely take over the top spot regardless in a week due to the number of points Woods is losing.
"I've had a couple of good chances this year already and haven't been able to pull it off, not because it's been weighing on my mind, but I just wasn't sharp enough playing the last couples rounds at a few tournaments,'' Scott said prior to the tournament.
Scott's plan was to play the Memorial Tournament next, although he could add the Colonial in two weeks.
Henrik Stenson also could have gone to No. 1 had he finished in the top six, but he finished only a shot ahead of Scott in a tie for 34th. The third-ranked player in the world, Stenson is also the reigning FedEx Cup champion and Race to Dubai winner.
No. 4 Bubba Watson could have gone to No. 1 with a solo second-place finish but shot a final-round 76 and was tied for 48th. Matt Kuchar needed a victory to move to No. 1 and the 2012 Players champ shot 71 and was tied for 12th.