Justin Thomas displaces Dustin Johnson as World Number 1


A great performance from Justin Thomas at the Players Championship was enough for the 25-year-old to become the 21st world number one since the Official World Ranking started. Thomas finished 2017 at No. 3 in the world, behind Johnson and Spieth.

After 64 weeks at the summit of world golf, Dustin Johnson's time at the top is over.

Bernhard Langer was the first world number one and since then the likes of Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Vijay Singh have all held the position.

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Johnson is something of an interloper in such company; he was been a beneficiary of an erratic period in the world game when the last 11 Majors have been won by different players.

Justin Thomas shot a final-round 66 to finish at 11 under at the Player's Championship and will overtake Johnson for the best golfer in the PGA tour.

The new World No.1 hasn't missed an individual cut since The Open a year ago, and has a worse finish of T22 in 2018.

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Webb Simpson could afford the luxury of making a double bogey at the 72nd hole to win The Players Championship by four strokes.

The 2017 US PGA Championship victor said: "It's important, but it's not something where it's like I just want to do it once. I want to do it for a really, really long time".

"It means a lot, but it's something I want to have for a long time", said Thomas.

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He added: "I would much rather shoot 10 under on the weekend and earn it as opposed to missing the cut and have DJ not play well".