Dustin Johnson New World No. 1 After Genesis Open Win

Dustin Johnson Genesis Open Champion

Dustin Johnson Genesis Open Champion

It’s been a long time coming for Dustin Johnson, but he is the new world No. 1 in golf. He turned pro ten years ago, but Johnson snatched the top spot away from Jason Day with a simple formula. He dominated.

After heavy rain messed with the Genesis Open on Friday, the only clear thing was how well Johnson was playing. He headed into Sunday at 10-under with a world of pressure on his shoulders — to clinch the title and the No. 1 world ranking. He blew through the final 36 holes at Riviera with a 64 and 71, cruising to the finish line with a 17-under 267.

When asked about being the new No. 1, Johnson simply said, “It sounds good.” Nerves also did not seem to be an issue for him, adding, “I played really great all day. I couldn’t have driven it any better. That was a big key.”

Johnson is the 20th player ever to sit atop the world rankings since 1986 when the rankings were started. If he wants to live at the top longer than Jason Day, he will have to go beyond 47 weeks. Seeing as how the Genesis Open win marks his fourth since June and eighth Top-3 finish in his last 16 events, he seems to be in a great position to do so.

It does not sound like Johnson will get complacent from the No. 1 ranking either, saying, “It gives me a lot of confidence. It’s going to push me to work even harder and try to get even better.” Jason Day seemed to echo this sentiment as well in saying, “If he keeps playing the way he’s been playing, we have to all pick our games up to try and compete against him. He’s playing some really good golf.”

Johnson embraced his wife, who is currently pregnant with their second child, after clinching the massive victory — a great end to an all-world performance.

Check out this recap of the Genesis Open as well!


Written by BP Staff

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