An ailing Tiger Woods will not let Adam Scott take World No.1 spot without a fight.
An ailing Tiger Woods refuses to give up the world No.1 spot without a fight and will take to the tee at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship without hitting a full shot on the newly renovated Trump National Doral.
Woods confirmed on Wednesday he will only “chip and putt” at the course where he had tamed the ‘Blue Monster’ on four occasions, twice in the WGC era at the Miami venue and twice before.
The defending champion can lose the top spot in the world rankings to Adam Scott should the Australian win the event and Woods finish outside the top six.
He withdrew from last weeks Honda Classic final round with back spasms, an injury he first had during last years US PGA Tour playoffs.
“I feel better. I feel good,” Woods said.
“It’s been a long couple days of just treatment nonstop, trying to get everything calmed down, first of all, get all the inflammation out and from there, getting the firing sequence right again, getting everything firing in the proper sequence. And once we did that today,” feels good.
“I’m not going to play (a practice round). I’m just going to chip and putt and get a feel for how the grass is and if it’s different from what it was the last time.”
Woods admitted being No.1 was a mantle he was extremely pleased to hold, having done so for a record 673 weeks of his career.
Only 16 players have been No.1 since rankings were introduced in 1986 with Greg Norman the only Australian (331 weeks).
“It feels good, because you have to earn it,” Woods said.
“You have to win golf tournaments to get there and you have to be pretty consistent.
“I have won, what, eight times in the last couple years to get back there, and that wasn’t an easy task, especially coming from outside the Top 50. To get to where I’m at is something I’m very proud of.”
Woods did acknowledge Scott would be a worthy member of the No.1 club should he get there.
“With the progress he’s made in the last three years he’s really taken a more dedicated approach to how he schedules events, what he plays in, how he practices, how he prepares, and I think that’s really changed his performances,” Woods said of the Queenslander.
“He’s won all around the world. He’s won a major championship, and he’s slowly progressively gotten a little bit better.”
Scott can’t help but be ensconced in the ranking talk as he is paired with Woods and No.3 Henrik Stenson for the opening two rounds.
“I think it is absolutely a good pairing with the No.1 up for grabs,” Scott said.
“I can assure you from knowing Tiger just a little bit, it’s a position he probably wouldn’t want to give up.
“It provides extra motivation absolutely. But I don’t know that we’re going to be trying to play each other head to head because we know this field is a lot bigger than the two of us.”