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Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab) has arguably been the most consistent golfer over the past two decades. Racking up 24 PGA Tour titles in a 14-year period, he has accumulated $75 million in career earnings and spent over 130 weeks as the number one golfer in the world.
Along with his titles, the 37-year-old has also never dropped outside the world's top-10 since 2015. That is until now as, following Sam Burns' victory at the Valspar Championship (opens in new tab), DJ will fall to number 11 in the standings, something we have not seen in over seven years!
.@DJohnsonPGA watching this with some trepidation. A win for @Samburns66 will knock him out of the top 10 in the world for the first time in seven years! #ValsparChampionshipMarch 20, 2022
If we were to look at the rankings, Johnson actually moved into the world's top-10 following his victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a tournament that he won by just one shot over JB Holmes on the 8th March 2015.
Since then, the American has been a dominant force within the game of golf, picking up titles on a regular basis. However, on the 21st March 2022, he is expected to drop out of the top-10 bubble, with Burns set to replace him.
Although Johnson is unlikely to be bothered by this, it does demonstrate the crop of young talent that golf currently possesses, with the world's top-3 combining for an average age of just 25. (opens in new tab)
Not only has Johnson dropped down the rankings, but his fellow countryman and Ryder Cup teammate, Brooks Koepka, is also expected to drop outside the world's top-20! Which is staggering considering he is a four-time major champion.
Koepka has previously showed dismay about his world ranking though. Back in February, the four-time major champion stated that: "It's embarrassing to be 20th." However "a lot of it has to do with injury. I've been hurt, on the sidelines, not playing, playing through injury, you can't compete with guys out here."
Another player is Justin Thomas, who only recently stated that he is, "p****d off with his world ranking placement." (opens in new tab)
Despite being in the world's top-10, the American said: "To be perfectly honest, it p****s me off where I am in the World Ranking. But it just goes to show the level of golf that's being played. I clearly have not won very many golf tournaments in the last two years, year and a half, at least, from other parts of my career, but I've played some pretty damn good golf and it's just, if you're not winning tournaments you're getting lapped right now and that's just the way that it is."
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.