Dustin Johnson Drops Out Of World's Top 10 For The First Time In Seven Years

Johnson will drop to number 11 in the world following Sam Burns' victory at the Valspar Championship

Johnson hits an iron shot
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Dustin Johnson 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, DJ will fall to number 11 in the standings, something we have not seen in over seven years!

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.

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Johnson at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship

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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."

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 Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x