Crowne Plaza Invitational: Adam Scott determined to stay at world No 1 at Colonial
Adam Scott is determined not to be a one-week wonder as world No 1 as he tees it up at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Last Updated: 21/05/14 10:56pm
The Australian had missed out on a couple of occasions to jump above Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings, and ironically only became the world's best golfer last week without swinging a club in anger.
Scott returns to action at Colonial in Texas this week aiming to extend his stay at the top of the tree, but knows that he could be one-and-out with Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar hot on his heels.
If Scott misses the cut then Stenson would need just a top-30 at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, while if the Australian does make the weekend the Swede would still need to finish just around three places higher.
Kuchar needs a win at Colonial to take top spot, but Scott is determined not to join Ernie Els, Fred Couples and Tom Lehman all seeing their first spells as world No 1 ended after just a week.
After sitting out last week's Byron Nelson, Scott opted to play at Colonial in Fort Worth in part to be able to play as the world No 1, knowing how tight it now is at the top of the rankings.
Top of the world
"It's quite incredible really, to sit here as the No 1 golfer in the world," Scott said. "I probably downplayed the rankings for the last two months, maybe trying to take some pressure off myself and just play golf.
"I think Monday morning when it was official, maybe I had a better sense of the achievement in becoming No 1. It's an amazing accomplishment for me.
"I'm going to have to work pretty hard to stay on top, but a part of coming here this week was to play as the No 1 golfer in the world and enjoy it, at least for a week. From there, we'll see what happens."
American Boo Weekly is the defending champion at Colonial but history is against a successful defence as only Ben Hogan has managed to win consecutive titles at the event.
Weekly has not been near the form that saw him star in the Ryder Cup in 2008, but believes his form is better than last year after he finished fifth last week.
"I've got a lot more confidence," said Weekley. "Last year I sat out on that driving range and I probably was averaging 400 or 500 balls in the morning and in the afternoon; hitting balls and hitting balls because I missed the cut at the Byron.
"My game's good. Last week I hit it solid, just didn't make the putts, and I'm hoping maybe this week here my putter will get hot kind of like what it did last year in the middle of the round. Just hoping I can continue on."