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Golf Australia Express : June 2014
The case for Scott so far is compelling, and becoming more so. Multiple PGA Tour winner? Tick. Multiple European Tour winner? Tick. Masters champion, Asian Tour winner, PGA Tour of Australasia winner and now world No.1? Tick, tick, tick, tick boom. So just how long before the prince of Australian golf can be considered the king? The critics would rightly argue that Norman is still the deserved holder of that title. His two majors, 20 PGA Tour victories and extreme popularity during his prime will see to it for some time yet. But Scott is gaining ground. Fast. Norman first ascended to the top of the men’s game in September, 1986, after winning the European Open in a playoff against Scotland’s Ken Brown. The Shark remained in the No.1 spot for more than a year, but couldn’t crack a PGA Tour title in that time, and had to wait until five months into the second of his 11 stints as world No.1 before winning as the world’s best ranked player. Scott waited all of about five minutes. After the vagaries of the ranking system saw him fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming No.1, he didn’t even plan on playing the Crowne Plaza Invitational. But with Henrik Stenson and Co. poised to topple him if they had a good week, the possibility of never striking a tournament ball as No.1 was real and enough of an inducement to tee it up at Colonial. Following a dreadful start that saw him flirt with missing the cut, Scott roared into the frame on the front nine on Sunday and again showed why he’s the playoff king, beating Jason Dufner at the third tiebreak hole. In winning the event, he became the first player in history to claim the unofficial ‘Texas Slam’ by winning all four events in Texas throughout his career. Random box ticked. “I’D MUCH RATHER WIN THE US OPEN AND NOT BE NO.1 AT ALL THIS YEAR. THAT’S WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO." the player