Woods has held the top spot for more than a year but his reign will likely end the Monday after the Masters, with any of four golfers poised to grab his crown, according to Golf Channel’s world-rankings expert Alan Robison.
It doesn't look like anybody outside of Tiger, Adam, Henrik, J. Day or Phil will be #1 after The Masters— Alan Robison (@GolfARob) April 1, 2014
Defending Masters champion Adam Scott has had two chances this year to overthrow a still-active Woods but spit the bit at Doral and Bay Hill. At No. 2, he still has the best chance among the four to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming the best player in the world. To do so, Scott must finish no lower than a two-way tie for third, which, given his recent meltdown at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after firing an opening-round 62 may not be as easy as it would appear.
Adam Scott will need a 2-way T3 in The Masters to pass Tiger Woods in OWGR.— Alan Robison (@GolfARob) April 1, 2014
Next up would be Henrik Stenson, who needs 53 points to overtake Woods and could actually lay claim to the crown with a win this week in Houston. Last year’s Shell Houston Open victor earned 56 points.
Should Nos. 2 and 3 falter, Jason Day (No. 4) and Phil Mickelson (No. 5) are long shots to take over the first seed. A thumb injury has slowed Day of late, while Lefty has his own health problems that have forced him to withdraw from the Farmers Insurance Open, Valero Texas Open, and Wednesday’s Houston Open pro-am.
Day would get to No. 1 with a win at Augusta, while Mickelson must emerge victorious this week and next to snatch the scepter.