Justin Thomas becomes World No.1

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

However, former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas took home an honor of his own, as he moved into the world's No. 1 spot by finishing in a tie for 11th place.

Last year's 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year also now leads the FedEx Cup rankings, a title which he convincingly won last year. Thomas finished 2017 at No. 3 in the world, behind Johnson and Spieth.

That slight difference will be enough to slide Thomas into the world's No. 1 spot.

The six who have occupied the position for more than 60 weeks - Woods (683), Greg Norman (331), Nick Faldo (97), McIlroy (95), Johnson (64) and Seve Ballesteros (61) - is a who's who of modern greats.

Thomas is the reigning PGA Championship victor, and Webb Simpson's victory Sunday gives the USA control of the four majors and The Players for the first time in 17 years.

His PGA Tour card came in 2014, his first win at the CIMB Classic taking him into the world's top 50 in 2015 and a repeat win in Malaysia in 2016.

Talking to the media after his final round at the Players Championship, Thomas said that reaching the top was a goal of his, but he will only feel happy if he manages to remain in the top spot for a long period of time.

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".

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".