Dustin Johnson poses with his trophy on the 18th green after winning the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club.
Dustin Johnson poses with his trophy on the 18th green after winning the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Ryan Kang

Johnson takes golf's No.1 spot from Jason Day

GOLF: Winless since May last year, Aussie Jason Day has given up the world number one ranking after a stay at the top that finished just short of a full year.

A runaway five-shot win at the Genesis Open in California on Monday morning lifted American Dustin Johnson from third to the top spot, leaping over injured Irishman Rory McIlroy.

Johnson was forced to play 36 holes of the final day of the weather-interrupted event but blew the field apart with an early morning 64 as his mix of raw power and new-found precision helped propel him to a PGA Tour victory for the 10th successive year.

"That's pretty cool,"Johnson said on the 18th green as the crowd chanted "NO.1"

"It was a pretty long day but I played pretty well.

"Ït gives me a lot of confidence and is going to push me to work even harder and get even better."

Johnson became the 20th world number one in the same week he announced he and fiancee Paulina Gretzky were expecting their second child.

Day's hold on top spot had been tenuous going in to the event given he has battled injuries and was forced to end his 2016 early.

In his four tournaments this year, the 29-year-old Queenslander has finished 12th, 5th and 65th in California, after four rounds in the 70s. He also has a rare missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open last month in between.

Day became just the second Aussie to ascended to the number one ranking since Greg Norman on the back of a stunning 2015 in which he won four times, including his first major, the US PGA Championship.

But that stint lasted only a week until more wins, back-to-back victories in March last year, rocketed him back to the top of the standings, where he remained until Johnson's cakewalk on Monday.

News Corp Australia


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