SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey — Dustin Johnson has never held the No. 1 world ranking spot in his career, but he has his first opportunity at the PGA Championship this week.
The 32-year-old shot up the world rankings to no. 3 after winning the U.S. Open—his first major—back in June. He followed it up with a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two weeks later, moving to No. 2 and closing in on the current no. 1 Jason Day.
As it can often be with the OWGR, Johnson’s scenarios for taking over the top spot are complicated. If he wins, Johnson can become world No. 1 if Day finishes worse than a two-way tie for second. If DJ finishes alone in second place, he can still take over the top spot, but Day would have to finish worse than 28th.