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Scott set for number one spot

Adam Scott can enjoy this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship on TV, knowing he will be world No1 regardless.

In the absence of the injured Tiger Woods, Scott has had several opportunities to play his way to the top of the rankings, most notably when blowing a seven-shot halfway lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The former Masters champion would also have overtaken Woods with a top-16 finish in the Players Championship last week, but slumped to an opening 77 and eventually finished joint 38th.

However, the 33-year-old Australian will finally follow in the footsteps of compatriot Greg Norman when the updated rankings are released on Monday, even if Matt Kuchar wins the tournament.

World number five Kuchar would also overtake Woods with a victory, but would not be able to surpass Scott, who would make it the 12th time that a player has moved to number one despite being inactive.

Woods has yet to set a date for his return following back surgery on March 31 and will continue to slide down the rankings as his last wins were more than three months ago.

Martin Kaymer's last win was of course just days ago, the former world number one's victory in the Players Championship on Sunday lifting him from 61st to 28th in the rankings.

Kaymer will attempt to make it back-to-back wins at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, where he finished joint fifth on his debut last year.

Jordan Spieth, who played alongside Kaymer for the final two rounds at Sawgrass, returns to the event where he made his PGA Tour debut at the age of 16 in 2010, finishing joint 16th.

The 20-year-old will be playing in his hometown event for the fourth time and hoping to follow in his footsteps is sponsor's invite Scottie Scheffler, currently one of the world's top ranked juniors.

And the 17-year-old even has ambitions to do even better than Spieth, despite having to split his time between golf and school homework.

"I have a calculus project I have to do and a quantum science test in the morning," Scheffler told a press conference. "Obviously there is a little bit of pressure, but I'm trying to treat this like I would any other tournament with my preparation, and that's really all I can do, is just keep preparing the same way I have been.

"I was going to try to get in the top 10. I thought that would be a good goal for me."

Kaymer,who only arrived in Texas on Tuesday after his planned flight on Monday was cancelled, moved into the final automatic Ryder Cup qualifying place courtesy of his victory.

And one of the heroes of the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012 revealed he had spoken about this year's contest at Gleneagles with captain Paul McGinley on Sunday evening.

"I got a text from Paul and met him and my caddie at the bar and we had one or two drinks and talked about the Ryder Cup,'' Kaymer told a pre-tournament press conference.

"We talked about picks, how the team could look, the course, preparation towards Gleneagles - just some regular stuff to catch up. Paul and me don't really know each other that well. I think we may have played once or twice together but that was three or four years ago.

"It was a very nice evening. He said he knows how it is when you've won a tournament and you come back to your room and it feels a little bit lonely

because everyone has left and you are actually ready to have a drink and let it sink in - not so much partying, just relax and talk to someone about it and it was very nice.''

Asked if he had discussed who he would like to play with in September, Kaymer added: "It's very early. First I need to make the team, I'm just in right now.

"It's still a long way to go because starting with the US Open it's going to be big tournaments and there are some names like Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell are not in the team now but are going to fight a lot so I can drop out easily. It would not be right to think I'm in the team already.''