With Dustin Johnson dusting the field this weekend, including showing great resolve playing 36 outstanding holes Sunday to win at Riviera, there’s no doubt that he’s playing at a level that few have reached in recent history. And now, the math backs him up, too.
With his win at the Genesis Open, Johnson officially takes over as the top ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings replacing Jason Day. This is the first time that someone other than Day has occupied that spot in almost a year (47 straight weeks to be exact).
Johnson joins Jordan Spieth (26 total weeks) as the only Americans not named Tiger Woods to be #1 on the World this century and it culminates him having won the U.S. Open last June, plus the WGC Bridgestone and the BMW Championship Playoff event late last season.
But, his reign may be short lived as, Day and Hideki Matsuyama are both right in range to take the spot with upcoming events like Bay Hill, the WGC event in Mexico, the Match Play in Texas and of course, the Masters lurking, too.
Meanwhile, if you are wondering, Rory McIlroy has the longest recent streak of 54 straight weeks at #1 which ran from August 2014-2015.
And then, there’s Tiger. All he did was hold the top spot for a record 281 weeks from June 2005 through October 2010. GEEZ. Oh, and he has the record during the 31 year history of the OWGR for most weeks total in the top spot with an unreal 683 weeks in his career. Don’t look for anyone to come close to those numbers.
Back to Dustin, as we wrote on Saturday night, his life is good on and off the course. Plus, our buddy Jason Sobel of ESPN.com had this nugget:
In the past nine months, Dustin Johnson has finished eighth or better in 14 of his 18 tournament starts. That's unbelievable consistency.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) February 20, 2017
And now, he has a moniker that almost every other golf will aspire for: “The World’s #1.”
For how long will the “new King” reign? Stay tuned.