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*Great Scott!

*Great Scott!

*Great Scott or Take a Bow (For Now), Tiger

Long Live Adam Scott. For now. Maybe.

Put an asterisk on this one, folks, or wait for a rematch. Adam Scott overtook Tiger Woods as No. 1 in the world — without even playing in this weekend’s HP Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas. It’s the first time in 60 straight weeks Woods, who has been inactive for almost two months now following back surgery, has slipped out of the top spot.

Tiger Woods at The Barclays a summer ago.

Tiger Woods when his ailing back first came to the fore at The Barclays a summer ago.

Scott has yet to win on the Tour this year (but is the 2013 Masters champ) had his best finish tied for third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a month ago. Last week, he completed The PLAYERS Championship T38.

Actually, though, Scott wasn’t alone with his opportunity to take the crown from TG. Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar all could have sped past Woods into the No. 1 WGR with a top-10 showing at TPC Sawgrass. None did, obviously. 

By far, Woods has the record for weeks No. 1’s since the stat started being kept in 1983 with his 683. The next most is Greg Norman with 331. This is for Scott’s first top ranking. And he is the last Aussie since Norman to reign over the PGA. 

However, many golf observers claim Woods really lost his place by default since he lost an average of 0.2 points each week he sat out while Scott managed to stay relevant. Others, however, maintain Woods had to play to keep his spot, just like in almost every other professional sport.

Woods also isn’t alone with losing his pole position while not playing. It’s actually happened 11 times before, including twice before to Woods himself.

Scott has been poised for some time to overtake Tiger, but failed to impress at the year’s first PGA Tour Major, the Masters, or win any tourneys and his best showing 20 weeks into the season was third place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

Woods has been out surgery March 31 for a pinched nerve and has said he expects to return “sometime” this summer.  

Here’s a look at the FedExCup standings on the season as well.

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