Perhaps Adam Scott should have stayed home and enjoyed The Players Championship from his couch. After all, had he not made the start this week at TPC Sawgrass, he would have automatically surpassed Tiger Woods in the world rankings and taken over as the new world no. 1.
Scott was one-under through 12, but he took a plunge (kind of literally) in the last two holes, dumping his tee shots in the water to double-bogey nos. 17 and 18. He finished with a five-over 77 to open the first round.
To Scott’s credit, he still stopped to speak with the media despite the rough finish and high score.
As he did in his pre-tourney presser, he insisted that the no. 1 ranking had nothing to do with his poor play.
“I haven’t really thought about it (No.1) at all, it’s not been my focus,” said Scott. “I really believe it’s part of the process. I didn’t tee off today thinking about No.1 because there is 72 holes before that could happen.”
Scott didn’t have his best on the course Thursday afternoon.
“I played alright, but didn’t putt very well and compounded that with poor shots on the last couple of holes and at a course like this it can get away from you that quick,” said Scott.
Scott acknowledged his mistakes and will be looking to make a slew of birdies on Friday morning to keep the hope of reaching no. 1 alive — he needs to finish T16 or better to overtake Woods atop the world rankings.
“It was not the finish I needed,” he said. “To hit two in the water at the end is a bit of a sin around here but it happens so I just have to go out and have a good round in the morning.”
Scott is currently T133. Top 70 and ties make the cut.