Dustin Johnson Hits 1-year Mark at No. 1
Dustin Johnson finished tied for second at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Invitational, cementing his No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
It’s his 52nd straight week at No. 1, meaning he’s been in the top spot for an entire calendar year. Johnson i averaging 10.7499 points per tournament. Jon Rahm ranked second in the world, is at 9.1046. No other player is above 8.4 points per tournament.
Johnson is just the fifth player to hold the No. 1 ranking for an entire year, although both Greg Norman and Tiger Woods did it more than once. Here’s a look at the players who have achieved this stat and the years they did it in.
- Greg Norman: 1986-1987; 1989-1990; 1995-1996.
- Nick Faldo: 1992-1993.
- Tiger Woods: 1999-2000; 2000-2001; 2001-2002; 2002-2003; 2003-2004. 2005-2006; 2006-2007; 2008-2009; 2009-2010. 2013-2014.
- Rory McIlroy 2014-2015.
- Dustin Johnson: 2017-2018.
Almost as interesting is the list of players who have just missed hitting the one-year mark at No. 1. Jason Day reached 47 weeks in 2017 before giving away to Johnson. In 1995, Zimbabwe’s Nick Price held it for 44 weeks and in 1992, Ian Woosman had the top spot for 50 weeks.
Johnson moves past Day for seventh on the all-time list of weeks at No. 1. He needs five more to pass Luke Donald (56). There was one move in the Top 10 of the current OWGR as Jason Day jumped from 10th to 8th following his tie for second at Pebble Beach. The former No. 1 has risen 5 spots in the first six weeks of 2018.
Outside of the top 10, Phil Mickelson moved up from 41st to 35th for his second-place finish at Pebble Beach and Kiradech Aphibarnrat rose from 53rd to 37th after winning in Perth.
Ted Potter Jr., the winner at Pebble Beach, climbed 173 spots to No. 73 from No. 246.