Former Crimson Tide Golfer Justin Thomas Overtakes No

Former Crimson Tide Golfer Justin Thomas Overtakes No

Justin Thomas became golf's new world number one on Sunday, ending fellow American Dustin Johnson's 15-month reign.

Webb Simpson won the Players Championship by four strokes.

This is the first time in his career that Thomas will be ranked No. 1.

Thomas capped his week with a final-round 66 to finish in a six-way tie for 11th on 11-under 277 - seven shots behind runaway victor Webb Simpson.

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.

This season's highlights for Thomas include a PGA Tour victory at the Honda Classic, a second-place finish at the World Golf Championships Mexico Championship and a fourth-place showing at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

For a start Spieth, who is back up to No 3 in the rankings, is in action this week in his native Texas at the Byron Nelson Invitational desperate to put on a show for his home fans. He won $9,921,560 plus a $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion a year ago.

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". I want to do it for a really, really long time because that means I'm playing better than everybody else for an extended period.

Talking to the media after his final round at the Players Championship, Thomas said that reaching the top was a goal of his, but he will only feel happy if he manages to remain in the top spot for a long period of time.