Throwback Thursday: DJ begins record-equalling year at World No. 1

The Scoop

Dustin Johnson became just the 20th different player to reach world number one last year at Riviera

The Background

After a career of near misses and controversy off the course, Dustin Johnson stood on the edge of golfing royalty ahead of the 2017 Genesis Open.

DJ had climbed to 3rd in the world rankings after breaking his major duck in 2016 at the US Open and following a purple patch at the start of the 2017 season.

The Scene

The American started with two rounds of 66 to make a fantastic start to the tournament. A phenomenal third round of 64, which he finished Sunday morning, gave him a five shot lead heading into the final round.

Johnson went 49 holes without making a bogey with his run ending on the 9th hole during the final round. He strolled home with a round of 71 and his winning margin was five shots over Thomas Pieters and Scott Brown.

His victory meant that he climbed above Jason Day to become the No. 1 player in the world.

The Legacy

Johnson has now been World No. 1 for a full calendar year, a feat that had only been completed by four other golfers. Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Rory McIlroy and, of course, Tiger Woods have all held the position for 52 weeks or longer.

As it stands Jon Rahm is the closest to Johnson in the official world rankings and is a major threat to DJ’s reign following the Spaniard’s success on tour during his short career so far.

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