Justin Thomas had an opportunity to vault into the world No. 1 position a couple of weeks ago in Austin, but ended up losing to Bubba Watson in the semi-finals of the WGC-Dell Match Play.
Currently ranked No. 2, behind Dustin Johnson by just three-tenths of a point, Thomas once again has a chance to start the week off as the top-ranked golfer in the world.
Here are the scenarios that have to play out for Thomas to leapfrog DJ and take the top spot.
Thomas is No. 1 if he finishes:
2nd AND DJ Finishes No Better Than T3 (3-WAY)
3rd AND DJ Finishes No Better Than T8 (2-WAY)
4th AND DJ Finishes No Better Than T20 (3-WAY) AND Jordan Spieth or Jon Rahm Do Not Win
Of Note: If Patrick Reed were to win the Masters, he would move to No. 10 in the world rankings. And if Rory McIlroy wins, he’d jump to No. 3.
Data used from OWGR.com to compile analysis.