Former Crimson Tide Golfer Justin Thomas Overtakes No

In 18 months Justin Thomas won seven times in a span of 32 tournaments around the world including his first major

In 18 months Justin Thomas won seven times in a span of 32 tournaments around the world including his first major

With his finish, Thomas moves past Dustin Johnson into the No. 1 world ranking, ending Johnson's 15-month reign in the top spot.

And then there are the thoroughbreds slightly further back like McIlroy and Jason Day, both former World No 1s, who are eminently capable of putting a hot streak together in a run of big tournaments and wrestling back top spot.

The Players Championship just concluded this weekend at TPC Sawgrass, and Webb Simpson took home the title. Thomas finished seven shots back in a tie for 11 at 11-under-par 277 after carding a 6-under final round on Sunday.

Since the world rankings were introduced in 1986, 21 players have held the position of World No 1 and by definition all of them have been fine players but it is longevity there which sets certain players apart.

Johnson held the title since February 19, 2017, but Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose all had chances to dethrone him at The Player's Championship.

Thomas, 25 dethroned fellow American Dustin Johnson, who had led the rankings for 64 weeks since winning last year's Genesis Open in Los Angeles.

The 2017 US PGA Championship victor said: "It's important, but it's not something where it's like I just want to do it once".

With the result, the US PGA Championship victor was confirmed as the new world number one.

"It means a lot, but it's something I want to have for a long time, not something I just want to have once", Thomas said at the Players Championship where he tied for 11th. "I want to do it for a really, really long time".

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