DUSTIN JOHNSON intends to keep a tight grip on the world No.1 spot after becoming the fifth player to secure the top ranking so far this year.
The 36-year-old American’s stunning 11-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday saw him leapfrog Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, who have all been top of the pile in 2020, as has Brooks Koepka.
‘I’m very proud to be No.1 in the world and I’d like to stay there a while,’ said Johnson, who last held the spot in May last year and has spent 91 weeks in total at the top of the rankings in his career.
‘It’s been jumping around a bunch here the last few months but the last time I was No.1, I think I stayed there for quite some time. Another goal of mine is just to see how long I can stay at No.1.’
Johnson is also keen to win the FedEx Cup for the first time — worth £11.4million to the victor — having comprehensively claimed the first of three play-off events which culminate in the Tour Championship in Atlanta from September 4 to 7.
He has moved up from 15th to take over the lead from Thomas in the race for a title taken by McIlroy in 2019 and Justin Rose the previous year. ‘It’s something I haven’t won. It’s something I’ve been close to winning a few times, and it’s just something that I would really like to have on my resume when I’m done playing golf,’ added the former US Open champion.
‘It’s a big title. It means a lot to all the guys out here. It definitely means a lot to me.’
I’m very proud to be No.1 in the world and I’d like to stay there for a while