On May 18, 2014, Adam Scott of Australia became the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, supplanting Tiger Woods, who had claimed the title the 60 weeks prior.
It was the first time an Aussie had held the top spot since Greg Norman 16 years prior in 1998.
Scott had been on the ascent for a while when he finally took the No. 1 ranking, winning the 2013 Masters about a year before that. The ascension to No. 1 came a few short weeks after Scott married on-again, off-again girlfriend Marie Kojzar in a small ceremony in The Bahamas.
Scott certainly looked the part as No. 1 in the world, winning the Colonial the next week in a playoff, and racking up top 10 finishes at The Memorial, the US Open, The Open Championship, and the WGC-Bridgestone over the next 3-1/2 months.
His reign ended at No. 1 when Rory McIlroy won the Open and the PGA Championship back to back, but a healthy fall season, including tying for eighth at the BMW Championship and for ninth at the TOUR Championship saw Scott still No. 3 at year’s end.
He lost a lot of points fresh out of the gate in 2015 because he chose to sit it out as he and wife Marie welcomed a baby girl to their family.
He went just shy of four months without golf, returning at the Cadillac Championship in early March to finish fourth, giving no signs of any rust.
But that tune changed as he missed the cut at the Valspar the next week with a second-round 75, followed by a tie for 35th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a tie for 38th at the Masters.
He was one of the highest seeds knocked out early at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play earlier this month, tied for 38th at The PLAYERS thanks in large part to another 75 – this one in the final round; and missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship last week.
In that time, Scott has tumbled from third to 11th, and he’s not even the top-ranked Australian any more. That honor now belongs to Jason Day, who rose to seventh this week, edging past Sergio Garcia.
With his win at Wells Fargo, Rory McIlroy’s lead increased by a wide margin at No. 1, his 81st week ever and 40th consecutive in the top spot.
Open de Espana winner James Morrison vaulted into the Top 200, up 138 spots from No. 296 to No. 158 this week. He started the year at No. 394.
Tiger Woods, who announced his breakup with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn last week, and who had rumors swirl around him that the breakup might have been caused by more infidelity on his part, dropped seven spots to No. 140 with another idle week.