Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Justin Thomas displaces Dustin Johnson as World Number 1

Justin Thomas displaces Dustin Johnson as World Number 1

After an incredible 64 consecutive weeks, Dustin Johnson's reign as golf's world number 1 is over.

Johnson finished tied for 17 at the Players Championship at 10 under, but Thomas' one stroke advantage was just enough to earn the ranking.

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Johnson had teed-up at TPC Sawgrass under threat from those ranked No. 2 to No. 5 in the world and it was the second-ranked Thomas who finally attained the summit. It is the first time that a former Alabama golfer has moved into the No. 1 spot as the top golfer in the world. Thomas finished at 11-under 277 while Johnson finished at 278 after a final-round 72.

Since the world rankings were introduced in 1986, 21 players have held the position of World No 1 and by definition all of them have been fine players but it is longevity there which sets certain players apart.

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The 2012 US Open champion collects his fifth PGA Tour title and first since October 2013.

Johnson held the title since February 19, 2017, but Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose all had chances to dethrone him at The Player's Championship. He won $9,921,560 plus a $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion previous year. "It's not something I just want to have once". Only Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Faldo have had longer ones, and only four men including Rory McIlroy have ever spent more total weeks as the top-ranked player in the world.

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"I want to do it for a really, really long time because that means I'm playing better than everybody else for an extended period".

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