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Former Crimson Tide Golfer Justin Thomas Overtakes No

Former Crimson Tide Golfer Justin Thomas Overtakes No

After an incredible 64 consecutive weeks, Dustin Johnson's reign as golf's world number 1 is over.

Thomas was the victor of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season. It is the first time that a former Alabama golfer has moved into the No. 1 spot as the top golfer in the world.

The Players Championship just concluded this weekend at TPC Sawgrass, and Webb Simpson took home the title. DJ needed to finish inside the top 12 to hold on to his position in the rankings, but a disappointing one-over-par 72 final round saw him finish T17.

Johnson held the title since February 19, 2017, but Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose all had chances to dethrone him at The Player's Championship.

Thomas is the reigning PGA Championship victor, and Webb Simpson's victory Sunday gives the US control of the four majors and The Players for the first time in 17 years. He won $9,921,560 plus a $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion a year ago.




"Being No 1 in the world is a great accomplishment but keeping that spot is more important to me", he said.

An 11th-placed finish at the Players Championship was enough for Thomas to claim top spot in the rankings for the first time.

"It feels deserved for how I've played but, at the same time, if I get hot for a year or two, have it and then fall off the map, that doesn't really mean a whole lot to me".

Thomas becomes the seventh American world number one after Tiger Woods, Tom Lehman, Fred Couples, David Duval, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.