Players who have been ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking
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Players who have been ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking


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Since the Official World Golf Ranking was introduced in 1986, 21 players have reached the No. 1 ranking in the world. Justin Thomas became the 21st player to reach the top spot in the world ranking on May 13, 2018, when he ended Dustin Johnson's 64-week run atop the OWGR. Johnson took the top spot on Feb. 19, 2017, when he won the 2017 Genesis Open, unseating Jason Day after 47 consecutive weeks at the top of the ranking.

Tiger Woods holds the most weeks at No. 1, having held the top spot for 683 weeks in his career. He spent more than 13 years at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including a preposterous 281 weeks from June 12, 2005 to Oct. 30, 2010.

Of the 21 players to hold the No. 1 ranking, only one has held it for one total week: Tom Lehman from Apr. 20-26, 1997.



Let's take a look at the order in which players have been No. 1 in the world and for how many cumulative weeks each player has held the top spot.

Players who have been ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking

1. Bernhard Langer - 3
2. Seve Ballesteros - 61
3. Greg Norman - 331
4. Nick Faldo - 97
5. Ian Woosnam - 50
6. Fred Couples - 16
7. Nick Price - 44
8. Tom Lehman - 1
9. Tiger Woods - 683
10. Ernie Els - 9
11. David Duval - 15
12. Vijay Singh - 32
13. Lee Westwood - 22
14. Martin Kaymer - 8
15. Luke Donald - 56
16. Rory McIlroy - 95
17. Adam Scott - 11
18. Jordan Spieth - 26
19. Jason Day - 51
20. Dustin Johnson - 64
21. Justin Thomas - 1

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