Thomas replaces Johnson as world number one

Justin Thomas

After a 15-month reign, Dustin Johnson is no longer the world's No. 1 golfer.

Respect to the 25-year-old for his achievement - only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have done so at a younger age but it is hard to see Thomas dominating for a long period like his predecessor.

Johnson is also second in total weeks at No. 1 among the seven Americans who have held the top spot.

An 11th place finish on Sunday night at a Players' Championship dominated by victor Webb Simpson took him to No 1.

Tiger Woods made the biggest early move of the day when playing the first 12 holes in 6-under, but he stumbled home with a bogey at 14 and then found water at the island green 17th en route to a double bogey and a tie for 11th on 11-under.

Thomas has become the 21st world number one.

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.

An eight-time victor on the PGA Tour, Thomas has two top-10 finishes in majors, including his success at Quail Hollow a year ago. He won $9,921,560 plus a $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion past year.

Thomas is eager to continue his good form and is desperate not to be overtaken as the world number one.

It's important but it's not something where it's like I just want to do it once.

"It means a lot, but it's something I want to have for a long time, it's not something I just want to have once", Thomas said Sunday.

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