May 25, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott shot a 4-under 66 to put himself into contention after three rounds. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
This file updated Sunday, May 25 with new scenarios
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Depending on what happens here Sunday, Adam Scott’s reign at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking could end after one week.
But Scott made a big move Saturday in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to bolster his chances of staying at No. 1
The Australian posted a bogey-free 4-under 66 to move to 5 under for the tournament. He's two shots off the lead and starts the day in a seven-way tie for 11th.
If Scott finishes outside the top 13 at Colonial, he will lose his No. 1 status ahead of reigning FedExCup champ Henrik Stenson, who finished tied for seventh Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour. if Scoitt maintains or improves on his current status, he's guaranteed to remain at No. 1.
(For the latest scenarios, see below)
The bottom line is that if he takes care of business on Sunday, Scott won't have to worry about the scenarios.
“I can only worry about my golf here,” Scott said when asked about the possibility of Stenson passing him. “Worrying about that isn’t going to help me at all.
“It’s all very tight. We know that. I’m happy to have gotten to No. 1. I hope it’s not such a short stay.”
Scott started his week at No. 1 with a shaky first nine holes Thursday, shooting 4 over. But in his last 45 holes at Colonial starting with his second nine in the first round, Scott has 10 birdies against just one bogey. He’s obviously found his rhythm at a tournament he’s played just two previous times.
"I might have been forcing it a bit hard the last few weeks to play too perfect," Scott said. "That's not how you play golf. Today was nice. It was a good, solid round."
After shooting a bogey-free 4 under on his front nine Saturday, Scott was looking to move even higher up the leaderboard. But he failed to get up-and-down from the greenside bunker at the par-5 11th and that derailed his momentum.
"It's exactly how I wanted to come out today," Scott said. "The swing was in a good spot right from the get-go. That's what I've been trying to do, just free it up this week and swing and hit my shot, and I did. Everything went according to play on the front.
"Unfortunately, just couldn't keep it going for the 18."
NO. 1 SCENARIOS FOR ADAM SCOTT/HENRIK STENSON
Henrik Stenson finished in a five-way tie for 7th at the BMW PGA Championship in England on Sunday. Based on that result, here are the scenarios involving Adam Scott's position at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in regards to the Official World Golf Ranking
- If Scott finishes tied for 12th with four other players, he will retain the No. 1 ranking
- If Scott finishes tied for 12th with five other players, Stension will move to No. 1
- If Scott finishes tied for 13th with one other player, he will retain the No. 1 ranking
- If Scott finishes tied for 13th with two other players, Stenson will move to No. 1