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Adam Scott is No. 1 for now, but here's how he might not be come Sunday

By Ryan Herrington

loop-adam-scott-world-ranking-280.jpgHOYLAKE, England -- Champion Golfer of the Year isn’t the only title on the line this week at Royal Liverpool. So is World No. 1.

Depending on their finish in the British Open, five different men could hold that honor come Sunday night, including the current occupant of the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, Adam Scott.

With a victory Scott, obviously, stays in place. In fact as long as the Australian finishes inside the top three, no other player can pass him.

Should Scott fail to crack the top three, however, it opens the door for others:

Bubba Watson becomes No. 1 . . .
-- With a win and a Scott finish outside the top 15.

Justin Rose becomes No. 1 . . .
-- With a win and a Scott finish outside the top six

Henrik Stenson becomes No. 1 . . .
-- With a win and a Scott finish outside the top three. 

-- With a solo second, a Scott finish outside the top 17 and Watson and Rose don’t win.

-- With a T-2 with one other player, a Scott missed cut and Watson, Rose and Jason Day don't win.

Jason Day becomes No. 1 . . .
-- With a win, a Scott finish outside the top 21 and a Stenson finish worse than second alone.

(Photo by Getty Images)

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