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Dustin Johnson Claims His Place at #1

Dustin Johnson

For many years, golf fans have been saying – correctly – that Dustin Johnson is one of the best golfers in the world. Officially, that saying can now be changed, as for the moment, Dustin Johnson is the best golfer in the world. With his impressive win at Riviera CC in the Genesis Open, Johnson claimed the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. The talent that Johnson possesses has always been obvious, and he now has a ranking to match.

A Dominating Win

In his latest win, Dustin Johnson showcased the game that has taken to the top of the golf world. After a massive rainstorm drenched the course on Friday, Riviera CC played much longer than usual for the rest of the event. That was just fine with Johnson, of course, as he is one of the most powerful players in the game. With massive drives and a deft touch on the greens, Johnson quickly ran away from the field. With scores of 66-66-64 over the first three rounds, there was no drama left when Sunday afternoon rolled around. In the end, it was a five shot victory for Johnson, despite only carding a 71 in the final round.

Here Comes Augusta

If DJ can hold on to the top spot for a few more weeks, he will head into Augusta as the number one ranked player and one of the favorites to win The Masters. Throughout his career, The Masters has been arguably his worst major, but his results have been improving as of late. With a T6 finish in 2015 and a T4 finish is 2016, Johnson is clearly moving in the right direction after failing to record a top ten in his first five Masters appearances. As long as his putter holds up throughout the week, it is not hard to see DJ adding a Green Jacket to his closet.

Plenty of Competition

While no one would argue that Dustin Johnson has earned his place at the top of the rankings, there is no guarantee that he will stay there for long. There are plenty of great players on his heels, and a big win by one of those challengers could flip the rankings relatively soon. Jason Day is currently the second ranked player, followed by Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, and Henrik Stenson to round out the top five. Sitting at sixth, two-time major winner Jordan Spieth is within range of Johnson as well.

How long do you think Dustin Johnson will hold on to his top spot? Is he going to remain in the #1 spot for years to come, or will one of the many challengers pass him up in a matter of weeks? Stop by Cape and Islands Golf Shop in Hyannis, MA to discuss your opinions on this and any other golf topic. We look forward to your visit!

 

 

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