By Joel Beall
Jon Rahm’s reign as World No. 1 came to an end last week by a single stroke, but the Spaniard did not wait long to regain the throne.
Thanks to a T-3 finish at the Open Championship, Rahm is again the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.
It is a fitting title. In his last 25 appearances Rahm has three wins (highlighted by his breakthrough at Torrey Pines) and a whopping 16 top 10s, and that doesn’t include his WD at the Memorial, where Rahm was boat racing the field after three rounds before a positive COVID test forced him out of the event. He was particularly impressive at the majors, his worst finish in the Big Four a T-8 at the PGA Championship. This is the fourth time Rahm has been No. 1 in the world; the other three stays were relatively short, totalling eight weeks at the top.
Johnson’s returns to No. 2 in the OWGR. The two-time major champ, despite a sluggish Saturday, still turned in a relatively solid performance at Royal St. George’s, leaving Sandwich with a T-8. It is Johnson’s best finish since winning the Saudi International in January.
The man who claimed the claret jug, Collin Morikawa, barely moved in the ranking, "jumping" from No. 4 to No. 3. It was Morikawa’s third T-4 or better finish in his past four starts, and his third consecutive top 10 at a major.
Rounding out the top 10 are Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Louis Oosthuizen (who now has three top 3s in the past three majors), and Harris English.