Scott inches closer to Woods in world rankings

Philadelphia, PA ( - Adam Scott finished in second place at the Australian Open on Sunday, and that inched him closer to Tiger Woods for the top spot in this week's world golf rankings.

Scott's finish pulled him from 2.31 to within 1.76 average points of Woods for the No. 1 ranking.

Behind those two, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Australian Open winner Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker and Brandt Snedeker all maintained their positions from third to ninth.

The first movement in the rankings came with Jason Day and Jason Dufner swapping places to sit in 10th and 11th, respectively. Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Luke Donald, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk stayed put in Nos. 12 through 17.

Charl Schwartzel defended his title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to jump up three spots to 18th, which caused Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia and Webb Simpson all to drop a spot to sit 19th to 21st.

Jordan Spieth held firm in 22nd ahead of Hideki Matsuyama, who moved up a pair of slots to 23rd after his victory at the Casio World Open earned him the distinction of being the first rookie to win the Japan Tour money list.

Matsuyama's jump caused Lee Westwood and Ernie Els to each fall a spot to round out the top 25.