Top-ranked Adam Scott focused on Crowne Plaza Invitational

Scott officially replaced Tiger Woods as golf’s number one man on Monday and while he happily celebrated the achievement, the Australian said he cannot wait to get back to playing competitive golf at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Thursday.

“I think I need to just get on with playing golf and enjoy this week,” he said on Wednesday.

“I enjoyed Monday night and celebrating with some friends. You’ve got to do that to understand, otherwise everything becomes very monotonous and that nothing is great or bad and you can’t be like that. You’ve got to go through the highs and the lows.

“This week is going to be enjoyable but I’m just going to try and get on with playing golf as best as I can.”

Scott tops the world rankings with 7.9936 average points per tournament, just ahead of Woods (7.8495), while Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (7.7203) lies third.

The 33-year-old said shirking talk of him becoming world number one in the past month was merely his way of remaining focussed.

“I feel like I probably down-played the rankings for the last few months, maybe out of trying to take some pressure off myself and just think about playing golf, rather than other things that happen from it,” Scott said.

“I think Monday when it was official, I had a sense of achievement in becoming number one – it certainly means a lot to me and my family and the team of guys around me, who spend a lot of time around me.”

Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar, who is ranked fourth in the world, hailed the influence his swing coach Chris O’Connell has had on his form.

Kuchar has finished no lower than 17th in his past six PGA Tour events, including victory at the RBC Heritage and a play-off loss at the Houston Open.

“The beauty about the work with Chris is that it’s been a slow progress but always an improved progression, always moving in the right direction,” the 35-year-old American said.

“I don’t think there is a point where you make a huge leap. I think if you are going to start working with a 20 handicap, to get him down to a single digit, you don’t go straight down to a single digit, you go from 20 to 18 and then down to 15, and then you make these small progressions to get better and better.

“Same with what we deal with, it’s small progressions. But if you take a half shot off a round for a tour player, that’s two shots a tournament, it’s a big deal and I’m proving that half a shot a round is a major difference.”

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