Dustin Johnson narrowed the space between himself and No. 1 Jason Day with his victory at the BMW Championship last week.
Johnson is now averaging 11.8663 points per event. Day is No. 1 at 14.1754 points per game. With a win at the TOUR Championship next week in Atlanta, Johnson could challenge for the No. 1 spot in the world depending on where Day finishes. No. 3 Rory McIlroy also climbed above the 10-point average last week, at 10.3209 points per event.
If Johnson can claim the No. 1 spot, he would be the third player to hold the position in 2016 and the fourth to claim it since the beginning of the 2015 season. Johnson started the year No. 8 in the world. With only a few weeks to go in the 2015-2016 season, nine of the 10 men to start the season in the top 10 are still there.
The party-crasher is No. 6 Adam Scott, who started the year ranked 12th. The man left out of the top 10 is Jim Furyk, who has dropped from ninth to 24th, despite his records-setting round of 58 earlier this year.
The UK’s Paul Casey was the big mover in the Top 25 this week, jumping to 16th from 22nd after finishing second at the BMW Championships last week.
Day will reach 29 weeks at No. 1 on Monday, moving him within three weeks of Vijay Singh for ninth on the all-time list of week spent at No. 1. If he can hold the position for the rest of the year, he will be at 42 weeks and aiming for Nick Price at 44 weeks at the top spot.
Only two men in modern golf history have been No. 1 for more than 100 weeks in their careers – Greg Norman (331 weeks) and Tiger Woods (683).