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Kentucky’s own Justin Thomas ranked No. 1 golfer in the world


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Step aside, Dustin Johnson. There’s a new No. 1 golfer in the world.

Louisville’s own Justin Thomas has overtaken the throne as the best golfer in the game.

After a dominant five-win 2017 season, Justin Thomas jumped to third in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of last year. In his last 13 events on the PGA Tour, Thomas has finished in the top-20 ten times. This afternoon he finished T11 at the Players Championship, which was just good enough to put him over the top.

And he’s pretty happy about it.

“It means a lot, but it’s something I want to have for a long time,” said Thomas following the announcement. “It’s not something I just want to have once. Like D.J. has and like Tiger did and other guys who have had it for a long time, that’s more of a goal of mine as opposed to just having it.”

Thomas becomes the fourth-youngest golfer to hold the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking and just the 21st since the ranking began in 1986.

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy… Justin Thomas.

That has a pretty nice ring to it.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 responses to “Kentucky’s own Justin Thomas ranked No. 1 golfer in the world”

  1. GM1978

    *became #1 due to DJ’s back injury*

  2. (Aixelsyd)0505

    No… became #1 due to being FU**IN benevolently AWESOME

    1. Luether

      And a Louisville, St X product…

  3. jos_ros_

    remember when he got that guy kicked out of the tournament for saying get in the sand, after his stroke. what a guy.

  4. Ridge Runner

    Yeah, but he played for Alabama…
    Dang it

  5. Alleykat16

    We need to get Kentucky kids wanting to and being able to play here in state in all sports. Its crazy having all these people going out of state to compete in college. Its really a shame that its that way. As a program it should be important to open doors for in state athletes. I hope we can get back to that one day soon