Longest, shortest reigns at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking

Longest, shortest reigns at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking



Jordan Spieth's first reign at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking will end on Sunday night.

Spieth missed the cut at The Barclays on Friday, and that means he won't earn enough world ranking points to maintain the top spot and hold off the idle Rory McIlroy. The 22-year-old had to finish inside the top 14 at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., to maintain the No. 1 ranking that he earned with a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship.

The Texan will have enjoyed a two-week run at No. 1, which is not the shortest reign of all time. When Tom Lehman reached No. 1 in 1997, he held it for just one week before Greg Norman took it in on June 15 for seven weeks before losing it to Tiger Woods.



The world No. 1 ranking will have changed hands 59 times, when McIlroy retakes No. 1 on Sunday, since the ranking debuted before the 1986 Masters. There have been 13 reigns of just one week:

Seve Ballesteros (2) -- 11/22/87 -- to Greg Norman
Seve Ballesteros (3) -- 10/30/88 -- to Greg Norman
Greg Norman (3) -- 11/6/88 -- to Seve Ballesteros
Greg Norman (4) -- 3/26/89 -- to Seve Ballesteros
Fred Couples -- 3/22/92 -- to Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo (3) -- 3/29/92 -- to Fred Couples
Tom Lehman -- 4/20/97 -- to Greg Norman
Tiger Woods -- 6/15/97 -- to Ernie Els
Ernie Els -- 6/22/97 -- to Greg Norman
Greg Norman (10) -- 6/29/97 -- to Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods (4) -- 5/10/98 -- to Ernie Els
David Duval (2) -- 8/8/99 -- to Tiger Woods
Luke Donald (3) -- 4/29/12 -- to Rory McIlroy

On the other side of the coin, there have been eight reigns at No. 1 that have lasted longer than a year:

Tiger Woods (10) -- 6/12/05 to 10/30/10 -- 281 weeks
Tiger Woods (7) -- 8/15/99 to 9/4/04 -- 264 weeks
Greg Norman (8) -- 6/18/95 to 4/19/97 -- 96 weeks
Nick Faldo (4) -- 7/19/92 to 2/5/94 -- 81 weeks
Greg Norman -- 9/14/86 to 11/21/87 -- 62 weeks
Tiger Woods (11) -- 3/25/13 to 5/17/14 -- 60 weeks
Greg Norman (5) -- 8/20/89 to 9/1/90 -- 54 weeks
Rory McIlroy (5) -- 8/3/14 to 8/15/15 -- 54 weeks

 

Despite losing No. 1, Spieth can take solace in a good piece of trivia: A total of 18 players, including Spieth, have held the No. 1 ranking, and Lehman is the only one to have held it for just one week in his career.

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