Dustin Johnson reclaimed his spot atop the Official World Golf Rankings after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday, bumping reigning FedExCup champion Justin Thomas to the No. 2 spot.
Johnson, who held the world’s No. 1 ranking for 64 consecutive weeks before Thomas’ T11 finish at The Players Championship in May knocked him down to second, shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday and capped his win with a highlight-reel hole-out for eagle.
“It means a lot,” Johnson said about his return to the top. “It was a long way to get there, and I held it for a long time, and obviously JT took it from me for a little while. It was nice to finish like that and get it back.”
Johnson will play in the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills this weekend, but history will be stacked against him. No player has ever won the U.S. Open after winning a tournament the week prior.
Johnson won the 2016 U.S. Open for his first major championship.
Justin Rose remains third in the latest OWGR rankings. Jordan Spieth also leapfrogged John Rahm into the No. 4 spot. Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama round out the top 10.
Despite his bump in the OWGR, Johnson is still third in the latest Ryder Cup standings, behind Masters champion Patrick Reed and Thomas. Spieth and Koepka round out the top five there.
Phil Mickelson accounted for the only change in the top 10 of the Ryder Cup standings, leapfrogging Bryson DeChambeau back into the top eight. Mickelson finished tied for 12th on Sunday in Memphis, Tenn.
The top eight spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team will be determined based on points following the 100th PGA Championship scheduled to conclude Aug. 12. Three additional spots will be named by captain Jim Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to finish on Sept. 3, with the final spot scheduled to be announced after the BMW Championship slated to be completed on Sept. 9.
The four majors in 2018 are weighted heavily in the U.S. Ryder Cup team points race, with winners receiving two points per $1,000 earned at the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship, and all other players receiving 1.5 points per $1,000 earned. That’s compared to one point per every $1,000 earned in regular PGA Tour events in 2018 leading up to the Aug. 12 cutoff.
The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris this September. Future venues include Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis., in 2020; the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome in ’22; and Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., in ’24.
Europe has yet to announce the home courses for the 2026 and ’30 Ryder Cups. After returning to Hazeltine (Chaska, Minn.) in ’28, the next U.S. course will be The Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2032.
–Field Level Media