Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as world's No 1 golfer
Adam Scott has been confirmed as the new world No 1, ending Tiger Woods' 60-week stay at the top.
Last Updated: 19/05/14 10:42am
The Australian had spent the last 38 weeks in second place behind Woods and overtook the American without striking a ball last week.
Woods has been out of action since March when he underwent back surgery - there is still no timescale for his return to action.
Scott has missed a number of chances to take over from Woods, most notably when he blew a seven shot lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
He only needed to finish in the top-16 at the Players Championship just over a week ago, but slumped in the final round to finish 38th and had to wait for this week to finally hit the summit.
Scott is just the second Australian to reach the top ranking, following Greg Norman's final reign which ended in 1998.
"Part of this is for him (Norman) because he's given me so much time and inspiration and belief," Scott said. "I drew on that a lot. I somehow managed to stay in each shot when I needed to.
"He has devoted so much time to myself and other young Australian players who came after him. Incredibly generous.
"I think it's a nice feather in the cap. I mean, if I was never world No 1 when I'm this close, I'd be disappointed.
"But I'd also much rather win the US Open and not be No 1 at all this year. That's what it comes down to."
Brian Thorburn, chief executive of the PGA of Australia, added: "This is another outstanding achievement for Adam Scott.
"The Australian golfing community is very proud of Adam and we look forward to watching his progress throughout the year."