Scott looks to regain number one, compares Spieth to Tiger


Adam Scott has become something of a forgotten man on the PGA Tour, but he is eager to reclaim the number one ranking.

The Australian is already a major winner and has reached number one, yet rumblings still persist, however muted, that Scott's switch to the now-banned long putter allowed his career to reach new heights.

Scott, who won the Players Championship and the Tour Championship with a short putter, is trying to be the game's best golfer once again and silence any remaining critics.

"More of a goal since being number one than when I was getting close to it," Scott said regarding his desire reclaim the spot in the world rankings, via "Ask anyone who's been there. It's a good feeling.

"It's pretty clear what you have to do to get there, and if I get there I will have achieved the things I'm looking to achieve."

One particularly tall hurdle in Scott's way is Jordan Spieth.

The 22-year-old American, who extended his lead over Jason Day atop the rankings with an eight-shot win at the Tournament of Champions, looks poised for a huge year.

"I think it's not completely different than what Tiger [Woods] did at his age," Scott said of Spieth's recent displays.

"That confidence and youth and raw, natural talent, that's not influenced by much golf over his career. If you're in his position it's hard to be negative or have any concerns. Think of where he's got to at age 22. There's not a lot of bad golf in him.

"I saw his quote last week where he said he's learned how to deal with the lead. If that continues to be the case he's going to be very tough to beat."

Scott makes his 2016 debut this weekend at the Sony Open, where he will be paired with Matt Kuchar and Graeme McDowell for the first two rounds.