• DJ on top of the world

    Dustin Johnson
    Dustin Johnson

    Following his incredible victory at The Northern Trust on Sunday, Dustin Johnson has moved to the summit of the Official World Golf Rankings.

    The American blew the rest of the field away at TPC Boston with a massive 11-stroke triumph, which not only had him leapfrog Justin Thomas on the FedEx Cup standings but also knocked off Jon Rahm as the No 1-ranked golfer on the planet.

    In Johnson’s second victory of the season after a difficult start to the year, the 36-year-old was rewarded with a decent $1,710,000 (R28,976,121) payout.

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    There was also a small surge up the world rankings for South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who has been digging in on the PGA Tour in recent weeks.

    Despite a slight tumble during his final round on Sunday, Oosthuizen was able to finish in T13 at The Northern Trust.

    It moved him two spots on the OWGR – from 26th to 24th – as he aims to break back into the top 20 of the world.

    He also received $188,575  (R3,196,902.55) for his efforts over the course of the event and will be hoping to make even further progress, both financially and on the OWGR, at this week’s BMW Championship.

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    Despite not taking part at this past week’s The Northern Trust, Erik van Rooyen was blessed with a single rise up the world rankings and will start the week as the 46th-ranked player.

    Dylan Frittelli’s failed attempt to make the cut at TPC Boston cost him three spots in the rankings as he dropped down to 99th.

    After a quiet week for the South Africans on the European Tour, where the local contingent wasn’t as effective at the Wales Open, Justin Harding slumped seven places into 126th position on the OWGR as did JC Ritchie, who now sits in 149th.

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    Dean Burmester also found the going rather tough at Celtic Manor and his T21 finish – a payout of €10,009.12 (R200,030.36) – meant he fell two spots from 186th to 188th in the world.

    Compleat Golfer‘s playing editor, Brandon Stone, managed to remain in 190th position after his T27 at the Wales Open, while Charl Schwartzel surprisingly jumped three spots despite not competing over the weekend.

    He now occupies the 191st spot in the OWGR.


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