Is Adam Scott Poised for Run at World No. 1 Ranking?

John BurkeContributor IAugust 15, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA - AUGUST 13:  Adam Scott of Australia hits his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 13, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Last week, we saw Adam Scott win the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in dominant fashion. That win not only completed his return to the game's elite, it also saw him jump eight places in world ranking to No. 9.

With that win, Scott was not short on confidence or momentum heading into this week's PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. 

Although Scott played consistent, solid golf in Atlanta, he ended up shooting four shots worse than champion Keegan Bradley. His performance still nabbed him a seventh-place finish, making it his second top-10 in a major in 2011.

By finishing alone in seventh, Scott bested current world No. 1 Luke Donald by a stroke. In fact, Scott finished better than any other player in the top 10 rankings. 

However, that does not mean he is a better player than the guys listed ahead of him. In fact, while Scott has arguably the most unfulfilled potential of those ranked among the top ten, the last two weeks are not enough to convince me he is making a charge for the No. 1 ranking. 

Scott is a great ball-striker. There is absolutely no doubt about that. With a swing reminiscent of a 2000 Tiger, Scott has top world talent. 

His putting is an entirely new story. After switching early this year to a long putter, Scott has gained some much-needed confidence in his putting stroke. With this new found confidence comes some better finishes on tour, hence Scott's win and jump in world ranking.

JOHNS CREEK, GA - AUGUST 14:  Adam Scott of Australia lines up a putt during the final round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 14, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

But as we saw this week in Atlanta, Scott's putting is not that of the best player in the world. There were numerous times when Scott missed par putts or birdie putts that would have put him in serious contention in the tournament. 

His putting is good, but for him to be the best in the world, it needs to be great. 

Overall, his game is the best in the world. He is hitting the ball better than any other player, and as a result is seeing results on the course. Where Scott continues to struggle is on the greens. 

And until he finds a way to make putts with regularity, it is unlikely he will become world No. 1.