Nobody knows who will win the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship this week in Irving, Texas. But it is known who will be No. 1 in the world rankings when the new list comes out Monday.Even though he isn’t playing this week, Adam Scott will move past Tiger Woods as the top-ranked player in men’s golf.Woods keeps losing points without being able to replace them because he is recovering from back surgery and has not played a tournament in more than two months. Scott will move past Woods this week, and the field at the Nelson is not strong enough that Matt Kuchar or anyone else can surpass them even with a victory. Scott will move to No. 1 after missing out on four chances the last two months to do it with his play in tournaments. His best chance was to win at Bay Hill, only he couldn’t hold a 7-shot lead on the weekend. His most recent opportunity was The Players Championship, where he would have needed a 68 on Sunday. He closed with a 73. It is not unprecedented for a golfer to become No. 1 while taking time off. Of the 17 players who reached No. 1 for the first time, Scott will be the fifth who did it after a week off.“I think it’s a nice feather in the cap,” Scott said of being No. 1. “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 U.S. Open and not be No. 1 at all this year. That’s what it comes down to.”World Golf Ranking
|1. Tiger Woods||USA||8.05|
|2. Adam Scott||AUS||7.95|
|3. Henrik Stenson||SWE||7.83|
|4. Bubba Watson||USA||7.12|
|5. Matt Kuchar||USA||7.08|
|6. Jason Day||AUS||6.69|
|7. Sergio Garcia||ESP||6.36|
|8. Jordan Spieth||USA||6.26|
|9. Justin Rose||ENG||6.11|
|10. Rory McIlroy||NIR||5.89|
|11. Phil Mickelson||USA||5.75|
|45. Gary Woodland||USA||2.60|
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• PGA TOUR: Byron Nelson Championship. Thursday through Sunday in Irving, Texas. TV: Golf Channel (today and Friday, 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon) and CBS (Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.).
• LPGA TOUR: Kingsmill Championship. Thursday through Sunday in Williamsburg, Virginia. TV: : Golf Channel (today and Friday, 7:30; Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.).
• CHAMPIONS TOUR: Regions Tradition. Thursday through Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. TV: Golf Channel (today and Friday, 11:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.).
• WEB.COM TOUR: BMW Charity Pro-Am. Thursday through Sunday in Greer, S.C. TV: Golf Channel (today and Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m.).
Players to watch
Spieth, 20, is from the Dallas area and hopes to bounce back following a disappointing fourth-place tie in The Players Championship after being tied for the lead after three rounds.
Watson is in the field for the Regions Tradition, the first of five Champions Tour majors. He won it in 2003 when it was played in Oregon.
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ
Jimenez and countryman Sergio Garcia head the field for the European Tour’s Spanish Open. Jimenez finished fourth in last month’s Masters and won his Champions Tour debut the following week.