The No. 1 player in the world golf rankings is expected to participate in next week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Michael Tothe, Colonial tournament director, confirmed that Adam Scott, the No. 2 player in the world ranking and the 2013 Masters champion, committed Thursday morning to play in next week’s PGA Tour event in Fort Worth. Scott, who last played in Fort Worth in 2011, was joined by Dustin Johnson, the No. 14 player in the world rankings, among the latest group of Colonial commitments.
For Colonial officials, the timing of Scott’s return to Fort Worth could not be better. Based on projections, he is expected to pass Tiger Woods as the world’s top-ranked golfer when a new set of world rankings is configured at the conclusion of Sunday’s events.
That means Scott, 33, would make his competitive debut as the world’s top-ranked golfer at Colonial.
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“We’re excited. This is huge,” Tothe said. “Golf fans in North Texas should be thrilled to have him play here in the Metroplex. It’s pretty special, no question about it.”
The last time either of the DFW tour stops landed the world’s top-ranked golfer was in 2005, when Woods competed at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Phil Mickelson had a chance to overtake Woods as the world’s top-ranked golfer with a strong finish at the 2010 Colonial, but missed the cut.
The last time the No. 1 player in the world rankings competed in Fort Worth was at the 1995 Colonial, when top-ranked Nick Price was the defending champion. Although widely recognized as the world’s top-ranked female golfer when she competed in the 2003 Colonial, Annika Sorenstam made her appearance in Fort Worth three years before the debut of the official women’s world golf rankings in 2006.
So that puts Scott, professional golf’s next No. 1 player, in rare company in Colonial annals.
Based on multiple reports, the two-year rolling calculations that determine the world rankings will change Sunday despite the fact that neither Woods (8.0526 average), who is injured, nor Scott (7.9493) are competing in a PGA Tour event this week. When the points are recalculated after Sunday’s results, Scott is expected to pass Woods when the new rankings are released on Monday of Colonial week.
Scott, an Australian, missed a chance to overtake Woods with a top-16 finish last week at The Players Championship, but he needs no help from anyone to climb into the top spot Monday.
Scott’s addition to the field means Colonial officials have landed three of the world’s top-10 golfers to compete in Fort Worth: Scott, Matt Kuchar (No. 5) and Jordan Spieth (No. 8). Colonial commitments become final Friday afternoon.
In other Colonial news, officials confirmed that KISS guitar player Tommy Thayer will compete in Wednesday’s pro-am group with J.J. Henry, a Fort Worth resident and former TCU golfer, and TCU football coach Gary Patterson.
Fans who wear KISS make-up on the course in support of Thayer will be eligible to receive Champions Club badges for the tournament.