By Mark Lamport-Stokes PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, May 8 (Reuters) - Adam Scott's hopes of becoming world number one for the first time after this week's Players Championship sunk on Thursday when he ended up in water on the last two holes of his opening round. The second-ranked Australian, one of four players competing at the TPC Sawgrass who could dislodge Tiger Woods from the top spot after Sunday's final round, struggled to a five-over-par 77 to end the day in a tie for 133rd. At a course like this, it can get away from you that quick." Woods, who won this event last year, is a notable absentee from the TPC Sawgrass while continuing his recovery from back surgery and Scott was the best placed, coming into this week, of the four players capable of taking over at the top. I didn't tee off today thinking about No. 1 because there are 72 holes before that could happen." RANKINGS QUIRK Bizarrely, Scott could have overtaken Woods by not competing this week at the TPC Sawgrass, simply due to a quirk in the official world ranking system. Click here to read full news..