The 20 Golfers Who Have Been Ranked World #1


Dustin Johnson won the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club and vaulted to the world’s top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. DJ becomes the 20th golfer to assume the #1 spot since the rankings were introduced in 1986.

Bernhard Langer landed in the top slot in the inaugural rankings, edging out Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman, who then battled each other for the title over the next few years.

While the ranking of the world’s top dog is more about bragging rights than anything else, it is something that many of the best golfers shoot for – as it helps with brand equity.

Jason Day, who leveraged his status as #1 to sign with Nike, was hoping to become only the fifth golfer to hold the top spot for a full year (52 weeks). The Aussie missed out on that feat by only 5 weeks.

The four who have held the top spot for a full year are: Greg Norman (3 times), Nick Faldo (1), Rory McIlroy (1), and Woods (11).

1Bernhard Langer4/6/8633
2Seve Ballesteros4/27/862020
3Greg Norman9/14/866262
Seve Ballesteros (2)11/22/87121
Greg Norman (2)11/29/8748110
Seve Ballesteros (3)10/30/88122
Greg Norman (3)11/6/881111
Seve Ballesteros (4)11/13/881941
Greg Norman (4)3/26/891112
Seve Ballesteros (5)4/2/892061
Greg Norman (5)8/20/8954166
4Nick Faldo9/2/9066
Greg Norman (6)10/14/9016182
Nick Faldo (2)2/3/91915
5Ian Woosnam4/7/915050
6Fred Couples3/22/9211
Nick Faldo (3)3/29/92116
Fred Couples (2)4/5/921516
Nick Faldo (4)7/19/928197
Greg Norman (7)2/6/9427209
7Nick Price8/14/944444
Greg Norman (8)6/18/9596305
8Tom Lehman4/20/9711
Greg Norman (9)4/27/977312
9Tiger Woods6/15/9711
10Ernie Els6/22/9711
Greg Norman (10)6/29/971313
Tiger Woods (2)7/6/97910
Greg Norman (11)9/7/9718331
Tiger Woods (3)1/11/981323
Ernie Els (2)4/12/9845
Tiger Woods (4)5/10/98124
Ernie Els (3)5/17/9849
Tiger Woods (5)6/14/984165
11David Duval3/28/991414
Tiger Woods (6)7/4/99570
David Duval (2)8/8/99115
Tiger Woods (7)8/15/99264334
12Vijay Singh9/5/042626
Tiger Woods (8)3/6/052336
Vijay Singh (2)3/20/05329
Tiger Woods (9)4/10/056342
Vijay Singh (3)5/22/05332
Tiger Woods (10)6/12/05281 *623
13Lee Westwood10/31/101717
14Martin Kaymer2/27/1188
Lee Westwood (2)4/24/11522
15Luke Donald5/29/114040
16Rory McIlroy3/4/1222
Luke Donald (2)3/18/12444
Rory McIlroy (2)4/15/1224
Luke Donald (3)4/29/12145
Rory McIlroy (3)5/6/1237
Luke Donald (4)5/27/121156
Rory McIlroy (4)8/12/123239
Tiger Woods (11)3/25/1360683 *
17Adam Scott5/18/141111
Rory McIlroy (5)8/3/145493
18Jordan Spieth8/16/1522
Rory McIlroy (6)8/30/15194
Jordan Spieth (2)9/6/1513
Rory McIlroy (7)9/13/15195
19Jason Day9/20/1511
Jordan Spieth (3)9/27/1536
Jason Day (2)10/18/1534
Jordan Spieth (4)11/8/152026
Jason Day (3)3/27/164751
20Dustin Johnson 2/19/1711


Please enter your name here