Could Jordan Spieth soon be the world No. 1 golfer?
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Could Jordan Spieth soon be the world No. 1 golfer?

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It's time to seriously discuss Jordan Spieth as the 20-year-old top-ranked golfer in the world.

Spieth finds himself in the final group on Moving Day at The Players Championship, just a stroke behind 36-hole leader Martin Kaymer. Spieth will ultimately become the betting favorite to pick up his second PGA Tour title and biggest win of his short career.


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With the win, Spieth would likely find himself inside the top four in the world, barring a weekend surge by Masters champion Bubba Watson. In the Official World Golf Ranking, Spieth would be a little more than one half of an average point away from catching the sidelined world No. 1 Tiger Woods for the top spot in the world.

Spieth's next start will be in next week's HP Byron Nelson Championship, where Spieth contended multiple times as a teenage amateur. It's not unreasonable to think he'll contend again.

There's a scenario where Spieth could become No. 1 next Sunday in Dallas. Spieth would have to win The Players and the Nelson to become No. 1 in the world, assuming Jason Day -- a former Nelson winner -- does not play.

If Spieth wins The Players and finishes alone in second, he would be close to No. 1 but a likely second to Woods, who continues to shed points every week.

With each passing week, the number of players that could conceivably become No. 1 in the world grows, but, to become No. 1 before the U.S. Open, a player will need to have average 7 world ranking points per event and a very high finish in a standard PGA Tour event to get to the top spot.

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