Dustin Johnson won the Genesis Open, and with that victory he became the 20th golfer to own the title of world No. 1, since the world ranking began in 1986.
Tiger Woods holds the record for the longest time at No 1 spot – 684 weeks in total including one stretch of 281 consecutive weeks. Greg Norman (331 weeks) is the only other player to have been No. 1 for more than 100 weeks.
Bernard Langer was the first No. 1 golfer when the rankings debuted in 1986. On April 27, 1986 Seve Ballesteros took the top spot from Bernhard Langer and held it off and on until the fall of 1989.
Below is a list of 20 golfer who has been ranked No. 1 in the official world golf ranking, along with the number of weeks each has held the top spot.
List of the 20 golfers who’ve reached the world No. 1 ranking
|1||Tiger Woods||US||683 weeks|
|2||Greg Norman||Australia||331 weeks|
|3||Nick Faldo||UK||97 weeks|
|4||Rory McIlroy||UK||95 weeks|
|5||Seve Ballesteros||Spain||61 weeks|
|6||Luke Donald||UK||56 weeks|
|7||Ian Woosnam,||UK||50 weeks|
|8||Jason Day||Australia||46 weeks|
|9||Nick Price||Zimbabwe||44 weeks|
|10||Vijay Singh||Fiji||32 weeks|
|11||Jordan Spieth||US||26 weeks|
|12||Lee Westwood||UK||22 weeks|
|13||Fred Couples||US||16 weeks|
|14||David Duval||US||15 weeks|
|15||Adam Scott||Australia||11 weeks|
|16||Ernie Els||South Africa||9 weeks|
|17||Martin Kaymer||Germany||8 weeks|
|18||Bernhard Langer||Germany||3 weeks|
|19||Tom Lehman||US||1 weeks|
|20||Dustin Johnson||US||1 weeks|
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