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Scott tees it up for first time as No. 1

Aussie Adam Scott tees it up this week for the first time as World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. 

He surpassed the injured Tiger Woods this week into the top spot and competes at the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Championship at Colonial Country Club in Texas.

Scott, 16-to-1 betting selection at Ladbrokes.com at the moment, tees off Thursday at 7:44 a.m. local time off No. 10 with FedEx Cup standings leader Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, a two-time champion at Colonial. Walked tied for sixth at THE PLAYERS, but hasn’t won since Pebble Beach in February. He has three wins in this 2013-2014 wrap-around campaign.

Johnson won in Hawaii at the Tournament of Champions, while Scott has failed to break through. In fact, Scott blew an opportunity to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational after an opening-round 62 but struggled on the weekend including a final-round 76.

The 12:33 p.m. tee time off No. 1 at Colonial features the all-American trio of Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan. None have won in 2014, but Spieth has a few runner-up efforts. He was also in the mix at THE PLAYERS before losing to Martin Kaymer. Spieth led the field in Scrambling for the week at TPC Sawgrass, which should bode well for him in Texas.

Other Golf News:

  • Rory McIlroy, ranked 10th in the world, announced Wednesday that his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has been called off. Rory hasn’t won this season letting a final-round lead slip away in March at the Honda Classic.
  • The European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship in England tees off Thursday. The marquee grouping features defending champion Matteo Manassero playing with Englishmen Justin Rose and Lee Westwood. The trio tees it up at 12:50 p.m. local time off No. 1. The Morning Wave includes groupings of Sergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Kaymer at 8:25 a.m. just before the group of Charl Schwartzel, Luke Donald and Henrik Stenson.
  • A referendum to award all-time major champion “The Golden Bear” Jack Nicklaus with the Congressional Gold Medal passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The honor is described as “the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.” Nicklaus’ candidacy moves to the U.S. Senate for approval. This is the second year in a row his vote passed the House, but last year it did not receive approval from the Senate.
  • Valentine Derrey won the Ladies European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open last week for her first LET title. European Team Solheim Cup hero Charley Hull finished third.