Justin Thomas secured an American blockade at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings on Monday, moving up to No. 3 n the world following his victory at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.
The US now holds the top three spots in the world. Dustin Johnson is #1 with an average of 11.4631 points (527.3 total); Jordan Spieth is#2 with an average of 10.1454 points (497.12 total), and Thomas is third with an average of 9.2296 points (479.94 total).
The 2017 PGA Player of the Year bypassed Hideki Matsuyama who slid to fourth after being as high as second earlier this year. There two other moves in the top 10. Jason Day climbed one place to eighth after finishing tied for 11th at the CJ Cup, bypassing Henrik Stenson. Sergio Garcia, who won the Valderrama Masters, returned to the top 10 at No. 10, pushing Brooks Koekpa down to 11th.
Australian Marc Leishman, who lost to Garcia in a playoff on Sunday, climbed four spots to No. 12. American Pat Perez, who tied for fifth in Korea after winning the CIMB Classic last week, rose two spots to No. 18.
It’s been a real year of upheaval in the Top 20 of the OWGR. Four of the top 10 players were outside the top 10 to end 2016. Of the players ranked 12-20 currently, Leishman started the year 56th; Perez was 118th and #19 Tommy Fleetwood was 99th.
It’s Johnson’s 35th straight week in the No. 1 spot. If he can hold the position until 19 February 2018, he’ll become just the fifth golfer to ever hold the No. 1 spot for an entire year, joining Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
The win also put Thomas into the top 5 of the new year’s FedEx Cup standings. He’s third with 548 points, trailing only Perez (590) and Brendan Steele (556).
While a majority of PGA top-line golfers are not active this time of year, it gives the opportunity to pile up FedEx Cups and insure one’s place in the tournament at year’s end. Thomas won three tournaments in the early part of the 2017 season that got him off to a great start, leading to him winning the PGA Championship and the FedEx title as well.