WGC-Mexico Championship Recap: Johnson Overtakes Elite Field
WGC-Mexico Championship Recap: Johnson Overtakes Elite Field

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Last fall, Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka were playing musical chairs with the No. 1 ranking in the world. As it turns out, they were just keeping the seat warm for the golfer many believe is its rightful owner.

Dustin Johnson, who has been atop the OWGR for most of the past two years, will regain that standing next week after all but lapping the elite field at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday. Rory McIlroy was Johnson's closest pursuer, at 16-under to Johnson's 21-under, and no one else in the 72-man field was within 10 strokes.

When golf folk pose the hypothetical question of who would be the best golfer if they all were playing at their absolute best, Johnson's name is spoken more than any other. McIlroy might get some mentions, but there's really no one else in that conversation. That doesn't necessarily mean they are the two best golfers, but there's a good argument for that right now, too.

To be clear, in the latest rankings now out, Rose is No. 1 and Johnson is No. 2. But with both players sitting out next week, Johnson will overtake Rose next Sunday. McIlroy moved up two spots to No. 6.

To make Johnson's runway victory even more impressive was that he was playing his fourth tournament this month. That's every week. And they weren't ordinary weeks. Johnson won in Saudi Arabia, then flew to Pebble Beach for a rain-filled, stop-and-go tournament (T45), followed by another grind at Riviera

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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